Best Player in Franchise History by Last Name:  A

A voting system kinda like the one from a couple years ago where players were voted on by the best player to wear a certain uniform number, this time I would like to see the best players ranked by their last names. So, let's get to it:

The poll will close next Thursday

Paul Abbott: Signed 11/14/03...Released 6/3/04

Abbott was signed in November of 03' and after a couple of disappointing months was released in the beginning of June in favor of prized prospect Dewon Brazelton.

State Line: (2-5) record, 6.70 ERA. Appeared in 10 games (1 relief appearance), and in 47 innings he gave up 39 runs (35 were earned)

Brent Abernathy: Acquired 7/31/00...Claimed of waivers 4/4//03

Abernathy was the prospect in a 'now vs future' deal in 2000 where the D-Rays sent Steve Trachsel and Mark Guthrie to the Blue Jays. After 61 games in Durham during the 2001 season, Abernathy was called up to the majors and proceeded to be mediocre in his stint with the team. Robbie Knopf of summed up Abernathy in his article, The History Of The Rays As Trade Deadline Sellers Part 1

"Abernathy managed just a .253/.304/.339 line with just 7 homers and 18 of 25 steals even as the D-Rays gave him 839 plate appearances between 2001 and 2002, and the D-Rays eventually exposed him to waivers"

Stat line: 198G's, 194H's, .251/.302/.336, 7HR's, 73RBI's, and 19SB's

Winston Abreu: Signed 2/6/09...Traded 7/2/09...Signed 8/6/09...Granted Free Agency 11/6/10

Abreu signed a minor league contract and was invited to spring training in 2009. After 2 solid months in Durham, he was called up to replace an injured Jason Isringhausen. Abreu was on the team for 13 days, then he was DFA and was later claimed by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians sent Jon Meloan for Abreu to temporarily end his Ray tenure. Then after a month with the Indians, Abreu was released and 4 days later, he signed again with the Rays, but he wouldn't reach the majors again though. After the 2010 season, Abreu was granted free agency.

Stat line: 2G's, 3.2IP, 3H's, 1ER, 2.45ERA, 2BB's, 3K's, and 1.37WHIP

Scott Aldred: Signed 12/17/97...Traded 7/25/99

Despite not pitching to well in Durham, Aldred was called up to the big league squad in May of 1998 and remained with the team until the July of 1999. On July 20th, the Philadelphia Phillies sent Marty Barnett to the D-Rays for a PTBNL, 5 days later the D-Rays sent Aldred over to the Phillies to complete the deal.

Stat line: 85G's, 55.2IP, 4.37ERA, 59H's, 27ER's, 26BB's, 43K's, and a 1.53WHIP

Brandon Allen: Selected of Waivers 4/19/12...Released 7/27/12

In only his 2nd game with the club, Allen had been involved in consecutive game winning runs. On his 1st night, he drew a bases loaded walk to put the Rays up 3-2 and on the next night, he hit a walk-off 2-run home run off of Jordan Walden. Unfortunately, that's all the success he would have in a Rays' uniform and he'd go 0 for his next 11. He would single in his last at-bat with the team, before going down with a right-quad strain. On July 27th, the Rays sold Allen's contract rights to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, thus ending his Rays career.

Allen's walk-off homer

Brandon Allen Homer HD - Tampa Rays Walk Off v Angels 4.26.12 (via gangaidiot)

Stat line: 7G's, 20AB's, 2H's, 1HR, 3RBI's, 2BB's, 9K's, and a line of .100/.182/.250

Wilson Alvarez: Signed 12/3/97...Released 9/30/02

Alvarez was the started the team's first ever game in franchise history, but injuries would hamper his D-Ray tenure. He made trips to the DL in his first 2 seasons with the team, then had shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He did pitch for the club in 2002, but was very ineffective and was released a day after the regular season ended.

Stat line: (17-26), 4.62ERA, 76G's (started 63 of them), 1CG, 1SV, 377.2IP, 369H's, 194ER's, 183BB's, 291K's, and had a 1.46WHIP

Marlon Anderson: Signed 1/16/03...Granted Free Agency 12/20/03

Anderson was one of the better players on the D-Rays 03' squad. He played close to a full season and racked up a WAR of 2.1, 5th best on the club behind Aubrey Huff, Travis Lee, Julio Lugo, and Rocco Baldelli

Stat line: 145G's, 482AB's, 130H's, 6HR's, 67RBI's, 19SB's, and a line of .270/.328/.376

Chirs Archer: Acquired 1/8/11...Still currently on the team

When Archer was acquired he was the #1 pitching prospect in the Chicago Cubs' system. So far he has very little big league time, but has flashed dominance and could a be a future star for the Rays.

Stat line: (1-3) 6G's (started 4 of them), 29.1IP, 23H's, 15ER's, 13BB's, 36K's, 1.23WHIP

Rolando Arrojo: Signed 4/21/97...Traded 12/13/99

Arrojo was the star of the inaugural season for the D-Rays, he was an all-star that year. He finished that season with 14 wins, a record that wasn't met again until 2008 and wasn't broken until 2010. The following season however, the league was more adjusted to his style and it showed in his numbers. At the end of the 99' season, the Rockies sent Vinny Castilla to the D-Rays for Aaron Ledesma and Arrojo.

Stat line: (21-24), Started 56G's, 4CG's, 2SHO's, 342.2IP, 357H's, 161ER's, 125BB's, 259K's, and a 1.41WHIP

Willy Aybar: Acquired 1/17/08...Granted Free Agency 12/2/10

Aybar had some nice moments during the 2008 season that make him memorable to most Rays fans. When Evan Longoria went down with an injury in August, Aybar heated up and put up a line of .286/.346/.490, clubbed 4 homers, and knocked in 13. Aybar also had a memorable homerun in game 7 of the 08' ALCS that gave the Rays an extra bit of breathing room to work with. The entire ALCS Aybar hit very well, putting up a line of .421/.421/.789. Aybar went back to normal and put up typical numbers in 2009, then in 2010 his numbers dropped some. He was granted free agency at the end of the '10 season.

Aybar's Game 7 Homer

Stat line: 300G's, 219H's, 28HR's, 117RBI's, 3SB's, 96BB's, 159K's, and a line of .246/.323/.392

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