Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Yesterday we looked at the first 8 picks of the 1992 draft, which on the whole appears to be an alright draft, especially in the later rounds. Here is the next piece of the puzzle.
9. Preston Wilson – OF (NYM / Stats) – Something I didn’t know about Preston Wilson, who was picked out of high school, was that he played SS in high school and is the stepson of former Major Leaguer Mookie Wilson, who is the reigning Mookie of the Year Award, narrowly edging out Mookie Blalock from the NBA. Wilson had a great rookie year and finished 2nd in the ballot, behind Scott Williamson. For the most part, he has failed to live up to the hype and yet is still considered a major player in the league. The fact of the matter is, he doesn’t get on base at a high enough clip and strikes out way too much to be considered a major player. The Mets made a great move in trading him to the Marlins for Mike Piazza.
10. Michael Tucker – SS/2B (KC / Stats) – Played for the US in Barcelona. Tucker was picked out of Longwood University, which has produced no other major league talent. He’s had a serviceable career, his best year coming with the Giants in 2004.
11. Derek Wallace – P (CHC / Stats) – The pitcher out of Pepperdine University never even saw the field for the Cubs. They shipped him to Kansas City in a deal to bring in Brian McRae, who my friend Rob used to say was the “smartest player in baseball”. Unfortunately, I often wonder if Rob was a heavy drinker. =)
12. Ken Felder – OF (MIL) – Attended Florida State University but never made it to the Majors
13. Chad McConnell – OF (PHI) – competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but never reached the major leagues, spending his entire professional career with either the Reading Phillies or the Clearwater Phillies. He debuted with the 1993 Clearwater team and hit .240/~.350/.377. In 1994 he batted .317/.410/.525 for Clearwater and .232/.308/.356 with Reading. The 1995 season was spent with Reading, where McConnell hit .276/~.332/.423. He finished his career with that club in 1996 with a .247/~.318/.444 with 119 strikeouts.
14. Ron Villone – P (SEA / Stats) – Competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Villone attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which has also produced the wonderful Jeff Reardon who was found not guilty by reason of insanity to the charge of armed robbery in 2005. Villone has spent time as a starter and as a reliever, most recently with the Yankees this past year.
15. Sean Lowe – P (STL / Stats) – Attended Arizona State but was not special in his major league career. Out of baseball by 2003.
16. Rick Greene – P (DET / Stats) – Attended LSU and pitched in only one major league game but his minor league career stretched from 1993 to 2000. He competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
17. Jim Pittsley – P (KC / Stats) – I don’t know much about this guy other than the fact that he was selected out of Dubois Area High School in Dubois, PA. He was a FA Compensation pick from the San Diego Padres.
18. Christopher Roberts – OF / P (NYM) – Competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. As a college senior that year he hit .286 with 12 homers and went 8-4 with a 2.34 ERA. He allowed one run in three innings in the Olympics. Currently, Roberts is a pitching coach at North Carolina State University.
19. Shannon Stewart – OF – (TOR / Stats) – Picked out of high school where he was a three-sport standout in track, baseball, and football. As a senior, he was an All-Dade County selection in baseball. As a junior, he was an All-Dade County selection in football. Stewart has been criticized for his poor arm in the outfield and his dwindling aggression on the bases, largely as the result of continued hamstring injuries. Shannon is often seen as a liability in the field; opposing base runners frequently take bases they might not take if another fielder were playing his position.
20. Benji Grigsby – P (OAK) – 9-3 in 26 games at San Diego State University in 1992 with 7 saves in 26 games and 107 SO in 79 IP. He never reached the Major Leagues.
Check back tomorrow for the rest of the 1992 draft…
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