Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
Baseball America ran a nice little interview about a week ago on Donald Veal. If you’re not really sure who that is, he was a 2nd round pick in 2005 by the Cubs. He is a left handed starting pitcher that had a great season down in the minor leagues and has Mastrick and I pretty excited. I hope to catch up with Veal this summer when they face the Carolina Mudcats.
11-5 with a 2.16 ERA and .175 BAA
11. Shane Andrews (Montreal / BR Page) Andrews was drafted out of Carlsbad High School in New Mexico. He had a lot of raw power and was moved from SS to 3B. Unfortunately, that power would never translate to huge numbers in the big leagues. In his best season, Andrews played in 150 games, hitting 25 homeruns. Unfortunately, he was strictly a power or nothing type of hitter that struck out 137 times that season. He was released by the Expos and signed as a free agent by the Cubs, who were desperate for warm bodies to occupy the hot corner. Andrews was not the answer. He would be out of baseball after 7 mediocre seasons, hitting a career .220.
12. Todd Ritchie (Minnesota / BR Page) Drafted out of Duncanville HS in Texas, Ritchie was a one good season and done type of pitcher. After being released by the Twins in 1998, Ritchie was signed by the Pirates for a low risk deal. That deal paid dividends as Ritchie went on to win 15 games, and posting a career best, 3.49 ERA. In 2002, the White Sox would take a chance on him by dealing Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg to the Pirates in return for Ritchie’s services. Todd would win 5 games and lose 15 for the Sox and would leave via FA that off-season.
13. Donovan Osborne (Cardinals / BR Page) Drafted out of the University of Nevada, Osborne would go on to pitch for the Cardinals and Cubs before leaving baseball in 2004.
14. Todd Van Poppel (Oakland / BR Page) This was one of the most hyped player of the 1990 draft. He was dubbed a future star and baseball card collecters all around we psyched to get their hands on the rookie card for this kid. His best two years would come out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2000 and 2001.
15. Adam Hyzdu (Giants / BR Page) High Schooler out of Ohio who was a free agent compensation pick from the Astros.
16. Dan Smith (Texas / BR Page) Starting pitcher out of Creighton, the school that produced Bob Gibson, made just two starts in his major league career and pitched a total of 29 innings. But hey, can you beat that haircut?
17. Jeromy Burnitz (NY Mets / BR Page) I have always like Burnitz and was very excited to see him come to Chicago to replace Sammy Sosa. He did a good job for the Cubs in RF, hitting 24 homeruns and driving in 84 RBI while playing in 160 games. He’s been very durable in his career and has hit over 300 career homeruns. Baseball Reference has him similar to players like Eric Davis, Jay Buhner, and Darryl Strawberry. Those are very good comparisons.
18. Aaron Holbert (Cardinals / BR Page) This poor kid, drafter out of high school as a shortstop with a pick via the Red Sox thanks to FA compensation. He made his debut in 1996 at the age of 23 and played in 1 game, going 0-3. He would not see an major league field for 9 years when he finally got another shot from the Reds. He hit .222 and retired. Talk about patience though. To wait that long to get another shot at your dream has to be commended.
19. Eric Christopherson (Oakland) Christopherson was originally drafted by the A’s as a catcher late in the 1987 draft but opted for College to refine his skills. He bounced around the minors but never made it to the big leagues, reaching the AAA level at best.
20. Mike Mussina – (Baltimore / BR Page) We got our first potential hall of fame player to come out of this draft at number one. Here, at number 20, we get our 2nd, this one out of Stanford University. Mike Mussina has been one of the best pitchers in the league since making his debut for the Orioles in 1991. To date, Moose has 239 wins and just 134 losses. What are your thoughts? Is he a future hall of fame member?
21. Thomas Nevers – (Houston) Shortstop out of Edina High School in Edina, MN. Nevers would “never” reach the big leagues. Pardon the pun.
22. Steve Karsay – (Toronto / BR Page) – Karsay had a fairly effective career as a MR. He was also born on my birthday. Can’t beat that. He finished his career with 347 appearances and a 4.01 ERA in 11 years.
23. Lance Dickson – (Cubs / BR Page) Highly touted Cubs prospect with a great curve ball. He pitched 3 games in the majors, each one a little worse than the one before. In the off-season he had surgery on his arm and he was never heard from again. What a bummer that we didn’t pick next instead and get the guy who came at 24.
24. Rondell White – (Expos / BR Page)
25. Robbie Beckett – (Padres / BR Page) Left handed pitcher who pitched 7 innings in the majors with an ERA of 11.57. Ouch!!!!
26. Donald Peters – (Oakland) – Righy out of the College of St. Francis in Colorado. He never made it to the majors.
Other Draft Notables not picked in Round 1
Ray Durham (Round 5 / Chicago White Sox / BR Page)
Mike Hampton (Round 6 / Seattle / BR Page)
Troy Percival (Round 6 / Angels / BR Page)
Andy Pettitte (Round 22 / Yankees / BR Page) – Perhaps the 3rd potential hall of fame player to come out of the class of 1990.
Jorge Posada (Round 24 / Yankees / BR Page) – Man, the Yankees had a good draft, getting Carl Everett, Andy Pettite, and Jorge Posada.
Players from other Sports
Greg McMurtry (WR drafted by the NE Patriots in 1990)
Rodney Peete (QB drafted by the Detroit Lions)
Bimbo Coles (14 year NBA veteran who averaged 7.8 points per game)
Check back next Monday when we break down the 1991 draft
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