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In 2004, the Rays signed former top 50 prospect, Josh Phelps to a one year deal, but could control him after the year thanks to his rookie contract still being active. Phelps was just three years removed from being the top prospect in the Blue Jays system and two year removed from being a Rookie of the Year candidate. Unfortunately his career took a nosedive and two organization had already given up on him.
Enter Tampa Bay who would attempt to have Phelps be their everyday DH with some time at first base. ZiPS certainly liked the signing as it projected Phelps to hit over 25 home runs and have a slugging percentage over .500. That didn't happen as Phelps labored through two months and was designated for assignment in early June and outrighted to Durham, then released following the season.
Below is what ZiPS predicted with the actual results.
The answer to yesterday's question was Wil Myers, answered correctly by Brian Andersbot & jtmorgan
Wrong answer included James Loney, Sean Rodriguez, and Joel Guzman
"[Prospect] stays inside the ball well and his swing path keeps the bat head in the zone for a long time. He projects to hit 35-plus home runs in the majors. He generates natural loft and raw power already. He’s also a future Gold Glover as a first baseman."
Hint: he was once the top prospect in his organization.
There are 103 days until Opening Day!
That's the same number of runs allowed by Jeremy Hellickson during the 2013 season.
Just two of those runs came during this splendid start against Toronto.