Ryan Braun: Is he still a Top 12 Pick in 2014?

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Ray asks the question whether Ryan Braun is still a Top 12 pick in 2014.

Until this season, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had put up first round production in each of the past six seasons in the big leagues, even after failing a drug test in 2011. Well, little did we know he continued to use and use into 2013 (I believe), and was suspended for not 50 games, but 65 games in 2013.

He ended the 2013 season hitting .298-.372-.498 with 9 HRs, 30 runs, 38 RBI and 4 stolen bases in just 61 games. He dealt with various injuries before his 65 game suspension was issued. Certainly, 2013 was his worst season as a big leaguer, so that begs the question, what do we make of Braun in 2014?

Here is a quick look at his career stats, courtesy of Baseball-Reference:

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 113 451 91 146 26 6 34 97 15 29 112 .324 .370 .634 1.004
2008 151 611 92 174 39 7 37 106 14 42 129 .285 .335 .553 .888
2009 158 635 113 203 39 6 32 114 20 57 121 .320 .386 .551 .937
2010 157 619 101 188 45 1 25 103 14 56 105 .304 .365 .501 .866
2011 150 563 109 187 38 6 33 111 33 58 93 .332 .397 .597 .994
2012 154 598 108 191 36 3 41 112 30 63 128 .319 .391 .595 .987
2013 61 225 30 67 14 2 9 38 4 27 56 .298 .372 .498 .869
7 Yrs 944 3702 644 1156 237 31 211 681 130 332 744 .312 .374 .564 .938
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2013.

As you can see, he hit 30+ HRs and drove in 100+ runs in five of the six seasons before his 2013 season. He also scored 100+ runs four times, and scored 90+ runs every from 2007 - 2012. Not only did he hit for power, drive in and score runs, he stole double digit bags from 2007 - 2012, and stole 30+ bases in 2011 and 2012. Pretty impressive, and no one questioned taking him in the first 3-4 picks over the last two seasons.

So, heading into the 2014 season, many articles will be written about Braun offering opinions on why he should/should not be a first round pick next season.

I think he will drop in drafts, but will offer very similar production that we all have come to expect from him. He will have a HUGE chip on his shoulder to restore his star status in MLB.

What do Fake Teams readers think? Let's hear your opinions in the comments section. I would love to hear what you have to say.

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