All-DBAP Team: Third Base Finalists
With three positions in the books, we make our way to the Hot Corner, where an IL Rookie of the Year, perennial MLB All-Star and one of the best power hitters in Bulls history square off for a spot on the All-DBAP Team.
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 on Facebook with the name of your selection on the official finalist announcement post and you’re done!
Aubrey Huff spent parts of three seasons in Durham in the early 2000s, appearing in 157 games from 2000 to 2002. However, 108 of those appearances came in 2000, when he was named International League Rookie of the Year after hitting .316-20-76 while also ranking fourth on the circuit with 36 doubles. In the big leagues, Huff enjoyed a successful career, hitting 20 homers or more seven times, and winning World Series rings with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and 2012.
Career Numbers with Durham: .315-26-106, 105 R in 157 games (2000-2002)
Major League Career: .278-242-904, 806 R in 1,681 games (2000-2012)
Admittedly, Evan Longoria’s time in Durham was short-lived. In 2007 he made a brief stop in the Bull City, appearing in 31 games, batting .269-5-19. The next season he opened the year with the Bulls, but was promoted after just seven games, and has played just 10 games for the Bulls since, all on rehab. It’s what Longoria’s done at the next level that earns him a spot on this list, as in his seven-year MLB career, he’s finished in the Top 10 of the MVP race three times, been named an All-Star three times, won the 2008 Rookie of the Year and won a pair of Gold Gloves.
Career Numbers with Durham: .245-5-23, 21 R in 48 games (2007-2008, 2012)
Major League Career: .271-184-635, 554 R in 959 games (2008-2014)
Scott McClain was a regular in the Bulls’ lineup in their first two seasons at the Triple-A level (1998, 1999), providing some of the best power numbers in back-to-back seasons in Bulls history. In 1998 he ranked second in the league in both HR (34) and RBIs (109), while in 1999 he ranked third (28) and fifth (105), respectively. Despite batting .275 and hitting 252 homers over 11 years at the Triple-A level, he appeared in just 44 games over four different seasons in the majors.
Career Numbers with Durham: .274-62-213, 197 R in 263 games (1998-1999)
Major League Career: .192-2-8, 11 R in 44 games (1998, 2005, 2007-2008)
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