After the turd 1991 draft, I was excited to get into a different year and do some research. 1992 appears to be a profitable draft in the first round. We also get our first look at the draft of Colorado and Florida as they enter the league thanks to expansion. In case you missed the other two drafts in the series, here are some links for you.
1. Phil Nevin – 3B (HOU / Stats) – I’m not sure what the hype was on Phil Nevin. My guess is that he was the most talented of all the college players in the eyes of the scouts. Five straight college players were taken to start the draft. None of them had as successful a career as Nevin. What I wonder though is what was the scouting report on Derek Jeter, who would be drafted out of high school and fall all the way to number 6 by the Yankees. How do five teams pass him up. He had to be talented. Nevin has gone on to be an oft-injured journeyman hot corner guy. He’s not going to make the hall of fame and he has never really been a difference maker. I wonder what things would have been like for the Astros had they selected differently.
2. Paul Shuey – P (CLE / Stats) – Picked out of on of my top three most hated universities, North Carolina, Shuey seems like a waste of a number two pick. Even if he went on to play to his hype, why waste a pick on a middle reliever when there are hitters and starting pitchers on the board. I’m confused on that one.
3. B. J. Wallace – P (MON) – Selected out of Mississippi State University, Wallace competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Unfortunately, shoulder issues prevented him from ever reaching the big leagues.
4. Jeffrey Hammonds – OF (BAL / Stats) – A teammate of Mike Mussina at Stanford, Hammonds competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he batted .414. Was the first 1992 draftee to make the Majors. Hammonds was selected in the 9th round of the 1989 draft by the Blue Jays but opted to attend Stanford instead. He would play for the Orioles, Reds, Rockies, Brewers, Giants, and end his career in 2005 with the Washington Nationals.
5. Chad Mottola – OF (CIN / Stats) Mattola played for the University of Central Florida, which has produced Mike Maroth and Esix Snead. He played sparingly in the majors, never really making a splash. He’s been signed and released his fair share of times and even saw some action in 2006 for the Blue Jays.
6. Derek Jeter – SS (NYY / Stats) – The Yankees get the prize of the Draft and it comes as the first high school player picked in this year’s draft. They were great in the 1990 draft as well. Now, they get another. In my mind, Jeter is a first ballot Hall of Fame player if he retired right now. He’s got four World Series rings, an 8 time all-star, 1996 Rookie of the Year in the AL, just to name a few of his accomplishments. He’s got 2150 hits and a career average of .317 and on base % of .388. Oh yeah, he’s only 32 years old.
7. Calvin Murray – OF / 3B (SF / Stats) – Another olympian for the US team in 1992. Murray played for the University of Texas, which for the most part tends to be a powerhouse in the College baseball scene. The biggest name to come out of the school is probably Roger Clemens, unless you want to make a case for Pinky Higgins. I’m a little surprised that they haven’t produced more hall of fame type players in their history. Murray hasn’t amounted to much, but he did spend a brief time with the Cubs. He fit right in, hitting .200 in five at bats.
8. Pete Janicki – P (ANA) – Selected out of the University of California, Janicki never made it to the majors.
Part II tomorrow…