Ryan Braun (2006)
Braun was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers fifth overall in 2005. A year later he represented the team in the All-Star Futures game. Then the next year, 2007, he made his debut in the MLB.
As far as accolades in his career so far, there are very few who can be considered a better player. Not only has Braun accumulated six All-Star appearances and five Silver Sluggers so far, but he adds a Rookie of the Year and MVP trophy.
The numbers enhance the story told by the trophies. Braun carries a .303 batting average and a 44.7 WAR on his career. To this, he adds 295 home runs. Should he be able to stay healthy in the second half he will easily surpass the 300 home run mark. His is also 40 RBIs away from having 1,000 on his career. It has been a very nice career for Ryan Braun.
He is on the brink of being a likely Hall of Famer according to the marks set by Baseball Reference. Out of five possible statistics, he surpasses only one. That is the HOF Monitor, where a likely Cooperstown candidate would be at 100. Braun is currently sitting at 112. However, in the other four he is below the average. But not by much.
Keep in mind Braun is only 33. He is battling injuries now, but he is still young enough to make the final push necessary to become a Hall of Fame player. This years second half may be critical. And to think his first major stage as a professional player was the Futures game.
The great thing about the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder is that he has been in the majors for 11 years. All of them with the same team. His loyalty makes him probably the best player to participate in the Futures game for the Brew Crew.