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GMC Performance of the Year

Brandon Funston
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With the conclusion of the 2005 regular season, instead of handing out weekly honors, Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert Brandon Funston designates six players for a GMC Professional Grade Performance of the Year award. These awards will comprise six categories: power, control, agility, dependability, capability and versatility.

POWER sheer strength and dominance

Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee #25 (1B) Chicago Cubs Lee's breakout season included 99 extra-base hits, which was 11 more than the second-highest total in the league. Lee spent much of the season in the hunt for the NL Triple Crown, but settled for a batting title and runner-up finish for the league's HR crown (46).

  • BA .337
  • 2B 50
  • HR 46
  • RBI/R 107/120
  • OPS 1.080

CONTROL efficiency or cool under pressure

Johan Santana

Johan Santana #23 (SP) Minnesota Twins Santana finished the season on Sunday with his 16th victory. He struck out nine batters, giving him exactly 200 more Ks (247) than BBs (47). His ratio of 5.25 strikeouts for every walk was second-best in the league and he allowed the fewest base runners per inning in the AL.

  • W/L 16-7
  • IP 231.2
  • BB/K 47/247
  • WHIP 0.97
  • ERA 2.87

DEPENDABILITY reliability and toughness

Mark Buehrle

Mark Buehrle #56 (SP) Chicago White Sox For the fifth season in a row, Buehrle pitched at least 220 innings (236.2) – and he closed with at least 16 victories for the fourth time in that span. A bullpen's best friend, Buehrle failed to pitch six innings just twice, each time falling one out short.

  • W/L 16-8
  • IP 236.2
  • BB/K 40/149
  • WHIP 1.18
  • ERA 3.12

AGILITY grace and nimbleness

Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins #2 (SS) Philadelphia Phillies Rollins closed out '05 in dramatic fashion, hitting in 36 consecutive games. In addition, he swiped 41 bases (7th in MLB) in 47 tries (87 percent success rate), scored 115 runs (7th) and drilled 11 triples (5th).

  • BA .290
  • 3B 11
  • XBH 61
  • SB/CS 41/6
  • RBI/R 54/115

VERSATILITY handles many duties

Chone Figgins

Chone Figgins #9 (2B,SS,3B, OF) Los Angeles Angels Figgins was the premiere fantasy utility man, playing three infield positions and all three outfield positions in '05. In addition to the flexibility he afforded his fantasy owners, he also led the league in SBs (62) and finished ninth (113) in Runs.

  • BA .290
  • 3B 10
  • XBH 43
  • SB/CS 62/17
  • RBI/R 57/113

CAPABILITY potential for future stardom

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez #59 (SP) Seattle Mariners Hernandez was the only under-20 player in the Majors in '05. Despite his youth, he was far from overwhelmed, finishing with a 2.67 ERA in his 84.1 IP. He pitched less than seven innings in only two of his 12 starts, and opponents hit just .202 against him.

  • W/L 4-4
  • IP 84.1
  • BB/K 23/77
  • WHIP 1.00
  • ERA 2.67
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