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AJ Burnett

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.