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All-Time Top-25 River Cats

Voting Criteria: The voting criteria is based 50% on what the player did with the River Cats, and 50% on what the player did in the Major Leagues.

Panel: The voting panel is made up of the River Cats Media Relations department, Radio Broadcaster Johnny Doskow, former Sacramento Bee writer Mark McDermott, and select River Cats staff members. Reader feedback is encouraged.

PCL MVPs: Jose Ortiz (2000), Graham Koonce (2003), Dan Johnson (2004), Scott McClain (2006)

Pitcher, Pos. (Years w/ Cats)
Hitter, Pos. (Years w/ Cats)

RC Stats
G: W-L-S
G: AVG.-HR-RBI
RC Stats
G: W-L-S
G: AVG.-HR-RBI
1. Barry Zito, LHP (2000)  18: 8-5-0-3.19 355: 145-124-0-3.91

47-17 over first three seasons with A's; 2002 Cy Young winner; 2010 World Series champ.

2. Nick Swisher, OF (2004) 131: .269-29-93 1061: .254-185-580

2010 All-Star with Yankees; fan-favorite with River Cats, where hit 29 HRs in 2004.

3. Carlos Gonzalez, OF (2008)

46: .283-4-28            446: .298-77-264

3rd in 2010 NL MVP race; five-tool player; likely MVP candidate for years to come.

4. Dallas Braden, LHP (2007-08)         

 22: 5-4-0-2.68        91: 26-36-0-4.16

Threw perfect game on Mother's Day, 2010; K'd Cats single-game record 17 in 2007.

5. Eric Byrnes, OF (2000-02)                

198: .294-33-114 963: .258-109-396

Play on the field raw and reckless, with Pete Rose-type hustle that is contagious.

6. Justin Duchscherer, RHP (2003-04)  

42: 16-7-0-3.86           224: 33-25-14-3.13

Won Cats single-season record 14 games in 2003; two-time MLB All-Star with A's.

7. Mark Ellis, IF (2001-02, 06, 09-10)     

166: .269-10-63 1,126: .266-92-459

A's record-holder for games played, HRs by 2nd baseman; 2002 All-Rookie Team.

8. Gio Gonzalez, LHP (2008-09)         

35: 12-8-0-3.67 95: 38-32-0-3.93

Named to 2011 AL All-Star team; posted 15-plus wins each of last two seasons.

9. Kurt Suzuki, C (2007, 10)                

58: .283-4-32 628: .258-56-284

Considered one of AL's top catchers; led A's with 88 RBIs in 2009.

10. Rich Harden, RHP (2003-08)           

19: 9-4-0-3.08          155: 59-38-0-3.76

2003 PCL All-Star; devastating Cy Young-type stuff when healthy.

11. Matt Watson, OF (2004-06, 10)        

307: .307-50-231 46: .188-1-11

Hit 2005 All-Star Game home run at Raley Field; hit first MLB home run at age 31.

12. Joe Blanton, RHP (2003-04)               

28: 11-8-0-4.19 206: 73-62-0-4.32

Won 42 games for A's from 2005-07; has pitched in two World Series for Phillies.

13. Carlos Pena, IF (2002) 

44:.240-10-33 1,226: .239-258-730

Has hit 28-plus HRs last five seasons with Rays; twice finished in top 10 of AL MVP race.

14. Dan Johnson, IF (2003-06)              

238: .308-45-199 328: .248-44-161

2004 PCL MVP, batting .299 with 29 HRs and 111 RBIs; Cats MVP, playoff MVP in 2004.

15. Eric Hinske, IF (2001)                     

121: .282-25-79 1,244: .252-134-503

AL ROY in 2002 with Toronto, hitting .279 with 24 HRs; helped Braves to '10 playoffs.

16. Jose Ortiz, IF (2000-01)                  

196: .326-31-147 136: .243-14-51

PCL MVP and PCL All-Star in 2000, Cats' inaugural season, hitting .351 with 24 HRs.

17. Matt Carson, OF                             

143: .280-57-175 46: .200-5-14

Two-time team defensive player of the year; all-time Cats leader with 57 home runs.

18. Jack Cust, OF (2005, 10)                 

167: .260-23-94 670: .242-105-323

More than 100 MLB HRs, 33 in 2008; hit 19 HRs, drove in 75 RBIs with Cats in 2005.

19. Bobby Crosby, IF (2003)                

127: .308-22-90      747: .236-62-276

PCL ROY in 2003, hitting .308, 22 HRs; AL ROY in 2004 with 22 HRs, 64 RBIs.

20. Daric Barton, IF (2006-09)               

274: .271-29-147 438: .252-26-157

Solidified himself in 2010 as A's starting 1st baseman; hit 38 doubles for Cats in 2007.

21. Jemile Weeks, IF (2011)                 

45: .321-3-22 97: .303-2-26

Exploded onto scene in 2011, hitting .303 and stealing 22 bases in 97 games in Oakland.

22. Esteban German, IF (2001-04)        

329: .307-11-137 409: .280-8-111

Rock-solid infielder holds Cats record for games (329), hits (401), runs (231), steals (93).

23. Aaron Harang, RHP (2002-03)        

20: 11-5-0-2.91 268: 95-95-0-4.25

NL wins leader in 2006 with 16-7 mark; followed that with another 16-win season in 2007.

24. Colby Lewis, RHP (2007)               

15: 8-3-0-1.88 136: 38-38-0-4.99

Won ALCS-clinching game for Rangers vs. NYY in 2010; 3-0, 1.71 ERA in 2010 playoffs.

25. Corey Wimberly, IF/OF (2010)        

135: .284-3-57 N/A

Set single-season record with 56 stolen bases, leading Sacramento to South Division title.

26th Man: Mario Encarnacion, OF

132: .277-25-94 23: .203-0-3

A fan-favorite in 2000 and 2001 with Sacramento, Encarnacion was remembered for raw power and cannon arm. He passed away in October, 2005, while playing in Taiwan. Team established the Mario Encarnacion Humanitarian Award in his honor.