All-DBAP Team: Second Base Finalists
With two positions down (Catcher & First Base), we continue to move our way around the infield with three finalists at second base. This trio features a second baseman from the early 2000’s, the most current Bull to appear as a finalist to this point and a Durham mainstay in the late 2000’s.
After taking a glance at our finalists below, remember to vote for who you think is most-deserving of a spot on the All-DBAP Team by voting on the Bulls’ Facebook page. Simply leave a comment with the name of your selection on the official finalist announcement post and you’re done!
From 2000-2005 Brooks Badeaux spent significant time in the Bull City, playing for Durham in 2000 and then again from 2002-2005. A consistent player, his best season came in 2004 when he hit .326 and posted a .377 on-base percentage. Additionally, he was a member of both the 2002 and 2003 Governors’ Cup champion squads, the first two Triple-A titles in Durham history.
Career Numbers with Durham: .262-7-83, 137 R in 326 games (2000, 2002-2005)
When you play for Charlie Montoyo, players tend to get used in super-utility roles. In his time with the Bulls from 2012-2014, Figueroa played second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field. So, we’ll place him at his natural position of second base. Over those three seasons “Figgy” was a solid as they come, hitting at least .282 each season, while posting an on-base percentage of at least .344 each year. Perhaps most impressively, in 1,192 plate appearances with Durham he struck out just 81 times (compared to 119 walks), or once every 14.7 plate appearances. In 2014 he made his Major League debut, appearing in 23 games with the Rays.
Career Numbers with Durham: .285-8-137, 130 R in 288 games (2012-2014)
Major League Career: .233-0-6, 6 R in 23 games (2014)
Appearing in 410 games in a Bulls uniform, Elliot Johnson was an anchor in Charlie Montoyo’s lineup for parts of five seasons, including the team’s National Championship campaign in 2009. On three occasions he hit double-digit home runs and stole at least 15 bases, while also eclipsing 100 hits twice. His best year came in 2010 when he hit .319-11-56 with 30 stolen bases en route to being named an International League Postseason All-Star. He spent the first 11 seasons of his career in the Rays system, appearing in 200 games with Tampa Bay before he was traded as part of the James Shields/Wil Myers deal in December of 2012.
Career Numbers with Durham: .261-42-186, 209 R in 410 games (2007-2011)
Major League Career: .215-12-69, 80 R in 318 games (2008, 2011-2014)
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