25. J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ has quietly established an effective career as a professional. Happ has competed for six organizations since premiering for the Philadelphia Phillies on June 30, 2007. Over 11 years, the past Northwestern University great collected a championship ring with the Phillies in 2008 and he represented the Blue Jays in July’s All-Star contest. Happ, who is 103-82 with a 3.94 ERA, became a New York Yankee on July 26.
24. Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano’s injuries derailed what could have been a fabled career. Roughly 10 months after premiering with the Minnesota Twins on September 5, 2005, Liriano was selected to the All-Star team. Frustratingly, Liriano injured his left elbow and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery on November 6, 2006. Despite missing all of 2007, Liriano showed resolve and won the American League Comeback Player of the Year in 2010 and the Senior Circuit’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2013. The 34-year-old Liriano is presently employed by the Detroit Tigers.
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