MARCUS GILES, 2B, BRAVES 2003
Braves fans couldn’t stop drooling at the thought of Giles, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones forming the foundation for a team that already had veterans Chipper Jones and Gary Sheffield.
Giles was far from the best player on that team, but in 2003 he definitely played like one. The second baseman batted .316/.390/.526 with 21 home runs, 49 doubles and 14 steals (all career highs).
Just 25 years old, Giles was well on his way to becoming a perennial All-Star. But injuries forced him to miss a third of the 2004 season, and after a solid 2005 season he fell off the cliff. He lost any semblance of power as his batting average plummeted well below .300, and he was out of the majors entirely by 2007.