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Braves prospect retrospect: Rafael Furcal

Rafael Furcal was the catalyst for some fun Atlanta Braves offenses in the early-2000s, including the record-setting 2003 lineup. Before he embarked on his successful 14-year career, he was one of baseball’s top prospects.

Let’s take a walk down Braves memory lane and look at the career of the 2000 National League Rookie of the Year.

Rafael Furcal, a top-10 MLB prospect

Furcal grew up in the Dominican Republic, son to one of the better Dominican ballplayers of his time and brother to Manuel Furcal who wound up pitching a few seasons in lower-level ball for the Seattle Mariners.