Drafted by the Mets in his senior year of high school, A.J. thrived in the minors, and in 1999 was quickly called up to play for the Marlins. He became a dominating pitcher, leading the Marlins in every pitching category. At the start of 2003, A.J. underwent the Tommy John surgery but came back even stronger, adding a wicked change-up to his arsenal of fastballs and curveballs. In all, A.J. was a star pitcher for the Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, NY Yankees, Pittsburg Pirates, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He started 425 out of the 430 games he played in, amassing a 3.99 ERA over a span of 17 years in the pros. Among active pitchers, A.J. ranked 2nd in strikeouts with an impressive total of 2,484.