The first 10 picks in this draft were not nearly as good as the picks in the rest of the round. Overall, the 1991 draft was not as good.
11. Shawn Estes – LHP (SEA / Stats) Estes becomes the first pitcher in this draft class to actually make something of his Major League career. Drafted out of Douglas High School in Nevada, Estes is one win away from 100 for his career. I remember going to a game against the Braves when Estes was pitching. I was mad that he was who I got to see pitch. However, he dominated that game and made it very exciting.
12. Doug Glanville – OF (CHI / Stats) – This pick seems like a good one until you realize what the Cubs could have gotten with just a little better scouting. Doug Glanville is that rarest of creatures, an Ivy Leaguer who majored in engineering and was also successful in the major leagues. His senior engineering project at the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania was a transportation-feasibility study for a proposed baseball stadium on the site of the Philadelphia post office at 30th Street. Doug Glanville had a short appearance, as himself, in the 2001 movie Summer Catch starring Freddie Prinz Jr. As of the summer of 2005, he was a managing partner for a real estate company in Chicago, as well as a member of the Board of Overseers for Penn’s College of Engineering.
13. Manny Ramirez – OF (CLE / Stats) – Here we get our first potential hall of fame player from this class. In high school, Manny Ramirez was named to the All-City team in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and was the New York City Public Schools High School Player of the Year in 1991, when he batted .615 with 14 homers in 22 games. In 1999 he was inducted into the New York City Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame with Bobby Thomson, John Franco, Shawon Dunston and Nate “Tiny” Archibald.
14. Cliff Floyd – OF (MON / Stats) This is a guy that I often wonder what might have been. Injuries have limited Cliff Floyd to only four seasons of 145 or more games, but when healthy he is a dangerous left-handed slugger. In his career he has five seasons of 20 or more home runs and two seasons with 30 or more. In 2005 Floyd set a career high with 34 home runs for the New York Mets.
15. Tyrone Hill – LHP – (MIL) Picked out of Yucaipa High School in California. Never made it to the big leagues.
I had anticipated doing this draft in two parts, but I wasn’t feeling well last night so this was as far as I got. I’ll finish the 1991 draft off on Wednesday and move on to 1992 on Monday.