16. Shawn Green – OF (TOR / Stats) Drafted out of high school, he made his debut in the Majors at the age of 20. He finished 5th in the ROY balloting with the Blue Jays in ’95 behind Marty Cordova, Garrett Anderson, Andy Pettitte, and Troy Percival. He was the only one of the five that did not receive a first place vote. Some have knocked Green for not playing on Yom Kippur, but I applaud the stance he’s always taken on that issue. Green has turned into your typical above average outfielder with a seasoning of a couple monster years. At the age of 33, he could have 5 or so years left in him. He’s not going to get to 3000 hits, but 400 HR and 2500 hits isn’t out of the question. I think he’s a borderline potential hall of fame candidate based on what he can accomplish in the twilight of the career.

17. Eduardo Perez – 1B (ANA – Stats) Drafted out of Florida State University, which has supprisingly not produced very many notable names. The main two I could find were Deion Sanders and J.D. Drew. Unless you consider Larry Rothschild a superstar. Perez has served as primarily a backup and has failed to duplicate the production of his Hall of Fame papa, Tony Perez.

18. Alfred Shirley – OF (NYM) Drafted out of High School, Shirley played in the Mets and Royals organization. He failed to make it past AA before being released.

19. Benji Gil – SS (TEX / Stats) Benji Gil was the first Mexican native to be picked in the first round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. To be honest, i’m not sure how he stuck around as long as he did. His numbers were not good.

20. Pokey Reese – SS (CIN / Stats) Reese is a two time NL Gold Glove winner (1999 & 2000) He has also won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004. I’ve always liked him as a player, but for the most part, he’s just a clone of the millions of other no-hit, good field SS that come from south of the US border.

21. Allen Watson – LHP (STL / Stats) What cracks me up about this one is the school he went to. I had never heard of it before doing the research for this post. He went to the New York Institute of Technology, which has produced such products as, well, no one. Allen Watson has the most career Major League AB’s of all the products of that school and he was a pitcher. Here is the breakdown of the school.

22. Brian Barber – RHP (STL / Stats) Back to back picks for the Cards and neither of them turn into winners. Barber was picked out of Dr. Phillips High School (Where do they get these names?) He made it to the majors briefly, but nothing to really write home about. What makes me laugh is the baseball card picture of him. Is it just me, or does this card look like a cheesy one you see on people’s refrigerators of their son’s little league team?

23. Aaron Sele – RHP (BOS / Stats) Picked out of Washington State, which has produced Ron Cey and John Olerud, Sele has quietly turned in a pretty good career. He’s 36 now, so 200 wins is out of the question. However, I would rule 160 to 170 out of the question if he can stay healthy and pitch with a good offense behind him. Not a hall of fame pitcher, but overall, not a bad pick here. His best years were with Texas though. He was traded to the Rangers in ’97 along with Mark Brandenburg and Bill Haselman for Damon Buford and Jim Leyritz.

24. Jon Farrell – C/OF (PIT) I can’t find a single thing about this guy other than the school he came from, which was Florida Community College. All I know is that he never reached the big leagues. What I did find was a heck of a picture of him. Gotta love that afro. Maybe that had something to do with his lack of success.

25. Scott Ruffcorn – RHP (CWS / Stats) He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 39th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not sign. Usually when guys don’t sign, they don’t jump this much. Ruffcorn was impressive enough to move into the back end of round 1 out of Baylor University. He signed the day after the draft. He pitched for the White Sox and made nine total starts. He failed to ever win a Major League game, going 0-8.

26. Brent Gates – SS (OAK / Stats) I couldn’t seem to find out why this guy just up and quit playing baseball at the age of 29. He was not a bad hitter (career .264) and even had two seasons over .280. If someone knows something about him, please fill me in. He is a Golden Gopher, from the university of Minnesota. I think Minnesota is probably the quietest team in all of the Big Ten. Not that it has anything to do with anything.

Other Notable Names From the 1991 Draft

  • Brad Radke – RHP – Picked in the 8th round by the Twins. His career has ended too soon due to a partially torn labrum this year. (Stats)
  • Jason Isringhausen – RHP – Picked in the 44th round by the New York Mets, he was hyped up like crazy as being part of the next generation of New York Mets’ superstars. At the time, Bill Pulsipher, Paul Wilson, and Izzy were all in the minor leagues. Good call on that one. Izzy has turned into a wicked closer though. Plus, he’s from Barrington, IL. Can you really go wrong there? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him to get 400 saves before hanging up the spikes. (Stats) So that’s it. 1991 draft on a whole was a lot less productive and has only produced two potential Hall of Fame guys in Manny and Izzy. What are your thoughts on this draft?
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