2003 MLB Draft: Who’s who and what’s what

03/31/2013 12:50 PM - Devo

2002 MLB Draft.jpgThe 2013 MLB Draft is only a few months away and it will be the ten year anniversary of the 2003 picks. 

2002 was revisited last week, let’s take a step back and see where this crop of players has ended up. 

  1. Delmon Young, Tampa Bay Devil Rays – It’s pretty tough to live up to a No. 1 pick in any sport, but Delmon Young has done an admirable job. Not a superstar but, someone who will regularly produce 15 home runs and 80 RBI when he gets 500 at-bats. (Adolfo Camarillo HS)
  2. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers – Rickie Weeks was an absolute monster in college. He played for the Southern University Jaguars and hit .500 in 2003. Weeks has been the Brewers second baseman for years, but huge amounts of strikeouts take away from his production. Weeks signed a 4-year $38.5 million deal with the Brewers in 2011. (Southern University and A&M College)
  3. Kyle Sleeth, Detroit Tigers – A first-round pick that never made it past Double-A. Sleeth raised a lot of eyebrows when he went 14-0 his sophomore year for Wake Forest. He compiled 26 straight wins, tied for the all-time record. Shoulder surgery forced him to miss most of the 2005 and 2006 season. He retired in 2008 with 12 career wins (Wake Forest University)
  4. Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres – Tim Stauffer has spent his entire career with the Padres and has been a spot starter during that time. In 2011, Stauffer won nine games unfortunately, shoulder surgery has hampered him over the past few seasons, limiting him to one start in 2012. (University of Richmond)
  5. Chris Lubanski, Kansas City Royals – Chris Lubanski showed great power belting 25 homers in 2005 however, was never consistent enough to make it beyond Triple-A. He played for four different organizations in his career (Royals, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), and finished with 113 home runs. (Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic)
  6. Ryan Harvey, Chicago Cubs – Ryan Harvey has actually had a very successful minor league career-six seasons with the Cubs organization and two with the Rockies. Harvey has topped the 20 HR mark four times including hitting 27 in 2012 with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Independent Atlantic League. He signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in January. (Dunedin HS)
  7. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles – Despite battling injuries this past season, Markakis has been the face of the Orioles since joining them in 2006. He is a Gold Glove winner, was sixth in Rookie of the Year voting and is a career .295 hitter who has topped 100 RBI twice. (Young Harris College)
  8. Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh Pirates – Paul Maholm impressed in his first 41 innings, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.18 ERA, unfortunately he has never developed into a front-line starter. He has won over ten games twice and performed admirably for the Atlanta Braves in 2012. (Mississippi State University)
  9. John Danks, Texas Rangers – Possible one of the most underrated left-handers pitchers in the game, John Danks won a career high 15 games in 2010. Coming off shoulder surgery in 2012, Danks looks to improve upon a disappointing 2011 that saw him win eight games-his lowest since his rookie season. (Round Rock HS)
  10. Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies – Ian Stewart’s career year came in 2009 when he hit 25 home runs and drove in 70. Since, wrist injuries have limited him to 103 games the past two years. (La Quinta HS)
  11. Michael Aubrey, Cleveland Indians – Michael Aubrey has spent all but 46 games at the minor league level. A career .282 hitter, Aubrey is currently a free-agent. (Tulane University)
  12. Lastings Milledge, New York Mets – A career clouded in controversy, Milledge has never lived up to expectations. He has since signed with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League, where he batted .300 and hit 21 home runs in 2012. (Lakewood Ranch HS)
  13. Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays – Aaron Hill had a breakout season in 2009, which saw him earn his first All-Star birth, and receive votes for MVP. Two subpar seasons later and Hill is in Arizona where he regained his stroke and earned his second Silver Slugger award. Hill hit for the cycle twice in 2012. (Louisiana State University)
  14. Ryan Wagner, Cincinnati Reds – Ryan Wagner appeared in 91 games for the Cincinnati Reds between 2004 and 2005. Arm injuries resulted in early retirement in 2009. (University of Houston)
  15. Brian Anderson, Chicago White Sox – Brian Anderson produced very little at the plate during his five MLB seasons. Anderson turned to pitching late in his career and has 31 innings under his belt since 2010. He spent 2012 with the Somerset Patriots of the Independent Atlantic League going 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six innings. (University of Arizona)
  16. Jeff Allison, Florida Marlins – Jeff Allison was high school superstar that succumb to substance abuse. He attempted a comeback in 2008, but retired at the end of the 2011 season citing elbow issues. He won 31 games in six seasons, never advancing past Double-A. (Veterans Memorial HS)
  17. David Murphy, Boston Red Sox – David Murphy is consistent and improves every single year. Not known for his power, but his game continues to evolve. With the Texas Rangers in 2012, he batted a career high .304 to go along with a .380 OBP, good enough for sixth in the American League. (Baylor University)
  18. Brad Snyder, Cleveland Indians – Brad Snyder was a power hitter who could hit for average at Ball State University. It did not translate into MLB success. Snyder has appeared in only 20 MLB games, but has consistently delivered at the Triple-A level, twice eclipsing 20 home runs and driving in 106 for Iowa in 2010. Sndyer is now in the Houston Astros farm system.
  19. Connor Jackson, Arizona Diamondbacks – Connor Jackson last appeared in the majors in 2011 as a platoon player. H did produce three very good seasons for the Diamondbacks from 2006-2008, twice hitting 15 home runs. Jackson spent the 2012 season in Triple-A batting .277 with nine home runs and 41 RBI for Charlotte of the International League (University of California, Berkeley )
  20. Chad Cordero, Montreal Expos – Chad Cordero’s best season came in 2005 when he was the best closer in the game saving a league-leading 47 for the Washington Nationals and was voted to the All-Star game. Over the next two seasons, Cordero was a good as they come saving 66 games. Cordero has not been able to fully recover from a torn labrum and has not played since 2011. He did sign as a free-agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in February. (California State University Fullerton)
  21. Matt Moses, Minnesota Twins – Matt Moses was never consistent enough to make it past Triple-A. A career .249 hitter Moses last played in 2009. (Mills E Godwin HS)
  22. David Aardsma, San Francisco Giants – A journeyman reliever-that found his calling late in his career-became a solid closer for the Seattle Mariners racking up 69 saves between 2009 and 2010. Davis Aardsma had Tommy John surgery in July of 2011 and played briefly for the New York Yankees last year. He appeared in eight spring training games for the Yankees this year giving up six hits and three runs in eight innings. (Rice University)
  23. Brandon Wood, Anaheim Angels – Brandon Wood is one of the bigger disappointments in recent draft history. An absolute animal in the minors, Wood belted 43 homers in 2005 while batting .321 and slugged .672. He topped the 25 homer mark in 2006 and 2008 but could never match that success at the major league level. He is a career .186 hitter in five big league seasons with more strikeouts than hits. Wood spent 2012 at Triple-A. (Horizon HS)
  24. Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers – Chad Billingsley is the most successful pitcher of the 2003 draft. Billingsley, a solid front of the rotation pitcher, made his first All-Star team in 2009 and signed three-year extension with the Dodgers in 2011 for $35 million. He has 80 career wins since making his debut in 2006. (Defiance HS)
  25. Brad Sullivan, Oakland Athletics – Brad Sullivan became the first Conference USA pitcher in history to win the pitching triple crown going 13-1, with a school-record 157 strikeouts and 1.93 ERA at the University of Houston. He had his best statistical season with Modesto in 2004 picking up eight wins but could not sustain that momentum. He last played in 2007 finishing with 10 career victories. (University of Houston)
  26. Brian Snyder, Oakland Athletics – In 2004, Brian Snyder had a pretty stellar year for Single-A Kane County. His 13 HRs, 61 RBI and .311 BA were statistics he would never again match. He played his last game in 2008 as member of the San Diego Padres system. (Stetson University)
  27. Eric Duncan, New York Yankees – A career minor leaguer, who retired in 2012, spent time in the Yankees, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals systems. (Seton Hall Prep)
  28. Daric Barton, St. Louis Cardinals – Daric Barton was traded from the Cardinals organization to the Oakland Athletics in 2004 with Kiko Calero and Dan Haren for Mark Mulder. In typical A’s fashion, Barton was a machine when it came to getting on base. He led the league in walks in 2010, and was fifth in the AL with a .393 OBP. Barton has never regained that form since. He has spent the majority of the last two years in Triple-A. (Seton Hall Prep)
  29. Carlos Quentin, Arizona Diamondbacks – Constantly battling injuries, Quentin hasn’t played a full season since 2008 when he clubbed 36 home runs for the Chicago White Sox. However, Quentin has enormous power and is a threat in any line-up. Quentin, who was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2011, signed a three-year $27 million extension through 2015 with a $10 million option in 2016. (Stanford University)
  30. Mitch Maier, Kansas City Royals – Mitch Maier is another player who is too good for Triple-A but can’t make that transition. Maier has spent parts of six seasons at the MLB level. His best season came in 2010 when he batted .263 with five home runs and 39 RBI. He signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox this past November. (University of Toledo) 

Supplementary Picks 

  1. Adam Miller, Cleveland Indians – In 2008, Adam Miller was rated the No.1 pitcher in the Indians organization by Baseball America. When healthy, he has four above-average pitches, and his fastball touches 94 mph. Recurring surgeries on his throwing arm and hand have derailed his career-Miller has never made it past Triple-A. He signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in 2012 and split time between between Double-A, Triple-A and the Independent Leagues. (McKinney HS)
  2. Matt Murton, Boston Red Sox – Matt Murton was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with Nomar Garciaparra in 2004, and had his best statistical season with them in 2006 batting .297 with 13 big flies and driving in 62. With the acquisitions of Cliff Floyd and Alfonso Soriano, Murton saw his playing time diminish year after year. Murton bounced around the next few years before landing with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japan Central League. He batted .349 for the Tigers in 2010. (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  3. Omar Quintanilla, Oakland Athletics – Omar Quintanilla is best known for a 50-game PED suspension in 2010. A career .220 hitter, he signed as a free-agent with the New York Mets in January. (University of Texas at Austin)
  4. Craig Whitaker, San Francisco Giants – Starter turned reliever, Craig Whitaker is still toiling in the minors. He has appeared in the 224 games and has averaged more than a strikeout per inning over his career. (Lufkin HS)
  5. Luis Atilano, Atlanta Braves – Luis Atilano appeared in 16 games for the Washington Nationals in 2010. He racked up six wins to go with seven losses. He has a career minor league ERA of 4.06 in 123 games. (Gabriela Mistral HS)
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Atlanta Braves – “Salty” is the man with the longest last name in MLB history. Inconsistency at the plate has been his downfall but he has above-average power, as evidenced by his 25 home run output for the Boston Red Sox last year. (Royal Palm Beach HS)
  7. Adam Jones, Seattle Mariners- It has taken a few years, but Adam Jones has developed into one of the best centerfielders in game today. He has been named an All-Star twice, one two Gold Gloves, and topped 30 home runs for the first time as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. The Orioles signed Jones to a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension last year. (Morse HS)

Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Scott Kazmir wins job as Cleveland Indians fifth starter

03/25/2013 9:20 PM - Devo

Scott Kazmir 34.jpgFinally…Scott Kazmir has returned to the…starting rotation! (In The Rock Voice) 

Pardon me for The Rock reference line to kick off the article. As I’m watching Monday Night Raw I check ESPN and read that Terry Francona has named Scott Kazmir as the Cleveland Indians No. 5 starter. 

I had my worries after Kazmir finished his five innings against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. It didn’t turn out the way many would’ve hoped. He gave up five runs on 13 hits, struck out five but didn’t walk anyone. His previous scoreless outings certainly made the management team not worry too much about his latest performance. 

According to ESPN, he will earn $1 million this year with a chance to earn another $750,000 in incentives. 

One question I wanted an answer to was, who will Kazmir face in his first start in the big’s since 2011? The Tampa Bay Rays of course. 

I don’t think you could script anything this good in Hollywood. From first-round pick to leader of the Rays staff, then literally out of the game until getting a shot with an Independent League team

Since signing with the Sugar Land Skeeters his performance improved week in and week out while his velocity increased to his fastball of old. His control gradually improved and you could tell the confidence was back. 

Living in Canada, I should be a Toronto Blue Jays fan through and through, but on April 6, I'm all for Scott Kazmir and the Indians. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.


Revisiting the 2002 MLB Draft

03/25/2013 4:18 AM - Devo

2002 MLB Draft.jpg

It has been over 10 years since the 2002 MLB Draft and it’s best known for being the beginning of the Moneyball era (Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown). It was also a draft where two Canadians-Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis-became two of the highest drafted Canadian-born players ever. 

With the 2013 draft on the horizon (June 6-8), I thought I would take a look back at one of the most historic 41 picks in recent memory. 


  1. Bryan Bullington, Pittsburgh Pirates - Getting selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft turned out to be the highlight of Bryan Bullington’s MLB career. Bullington is one of only two pitchers selected with the first overall pick to win fewer than 15 games in the majors. He finished with a 1-9 career record. He has played for the Hiroshima Carp in the Japan Central League, posting 20 wins over the last two years. (Ball St. University)
  2. B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Devil Rays – B.J. Upton is an enigma. He has all the tools but rarely puts the five tools together. Currently eight years into his professional career, Upton was instrumental in building the Rays into the force they are today. Upton averages 20 home runs and 75 RBI a season. (Greenbrier Christian Academy)
  3. Chris Gruler, Cincinnati Reds – Drafted out of Liberty Union High School, Chris Gruler impressed the baseball world by hitting 96 mph on the radar gun and striking out 135 in 66 innings. After multiple shoulder surgeries, Gruler never advanced past Single-A and appeared in only 27 minor league games. He last played in 2006. (Liberty Union HS)
  4. Adam Loewen, Baltimore Orioles – Adam Loewen is the still the highest Canadian-born player ever drafted. He was taken as a pitcher, but a series of arm injuries derailed his pitching career. Loewen in still trying to stay in the bigs, this time as a hitter. He hit a career-high 17 home runs and batted .306 for the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate in 2011. Loewen played for the Buffalo Bisons, the New York Mets Triple-A team, in 2012. (Fraser Valley Christian HS)
  5. Clint Everts, Montreal Expos – Clint Everts has had a pretty solid minor league career, appearing in over 300 games, but has yet to make a major league appearance. Everts attended Cypress Falls High School where he played with Scott Kazmir. (Cypress Falls HS)
  6. Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals – Zack Greinke is considered one of the crown jewels of the baseball world at this moment. In the 2012 offseason, Greinke signed the richest contract for any right-handed pitcher in the history of the game: six years, $147 million. He is a former Cy Young winner (2009). (Apopka HS)
  7. Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers – Prince Fielder has lived up to every expectation a first-round pick should. He is one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball and is a lock for 30 home runs and 100 RBI every single season. In 2012, he signed a nine-year, $220 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. Fielder has been in the top 10 of MVP voting four times in his eight seasons. (Eau Gallie HS)
  8. Scott Moore, Detroit Tigers – Scott Moore has played in parts of five years at the big league level, seeing the majority of his success in 2012 with the Houston Astros, where he hit nine home runs and drove in 26 in 72 games.. (Cypress HS)
  9. Jeff Francis, Colorado Rockies – Jeff Francis, one of the highest Canadian players ever drafted, and has put together a respectable eight-year career with 67 wins in over 200 starts. Francis has battled some shoulder injuries and recently re-signed with the Colorado Rockies. (University of British Columbia)
  10. Drew Meyer, Texas Rangers – A first-round pick who played five games at the major league level, Drew Meyer batted .266 and stole 92 bases in over 800 minor league games. (University of South Carolina)
  11. Jeremy Hermida, Florida Marlins – Jeremy Hermida had success early in his career, belting a career-high 18 home runs and driving in 63 while batting .296 in 2007. Hermida has split time between Triple-A and the big leagues since 2010. He has played for five big league teams and was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians in February of 2013. (Wheeler HS)
  12. Joe Saunders, Anaheim Angels – Joe Saunders has been very reliable over his eight years. He has a career winning percentage of .545 and was an All-Star for the Angels in 2008 while leading the starting rotation in wins (17) and ERA (3.41). Saunders was picked up down the stretch by the resurgent Baltimore Orioles in 2012, and he secured three wins and gave up only two earned runs in two starts in the playoffs. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
  13. Khalil Greene, San Diego Padres – Khalil Greene put together some very consistent numbers for the Padres and was voted second in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2004, losing out to Canadian-born Jason Bay. His career was derailed by anxiety at age 29, and he never returned to form. Greene ended his playing days with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009.(Clemson University)
  14. Russ Adams, Toronto Blue Jays – Russ Adams, thought to be the shortstop of the future for the Blue Jays, never materialized as everyone hoped. His story is very reminiscent of players just not quite good enough for the major league level and too good for Triple-A. In his only full season with the Jays, Adams batted .256 with eight home runs and 63 RBI. Adams last played for the Buffalo Bisons in 2011 and batted .180. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  15. Scott Kazmir, New York Mets – Scott Kazmir was once one of most promising hard-throwing lefties in the majors. Injuries and control problems contributed to his regression and subsequently led to his demise. He was out of professional baseball after 2011; however, a comeback that started in the Independent Leagues in 2012 has earned him a spring training invitation with the Cleveland Indians. Kazmir is currently on track to become the Indians' fifth starter. (Cypress Falls HS)
  16. Nick Swisher, Oakland Athletics – One of the biggest names from the Moneyball era and Billy Beane’s golden boy, Swish has to be one of the most excitable players in the game, and the fans love him for it. With a career .361 OBP, he still exemplifies the Moneyball attitude and is always good for at least 20-plus home runs and 80-plus RBI. Swisher signed a four-year deal worth $56 million with the Cleveland Indians after the 2012 season. (The Ohio State University)
  17. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies – Cole Hamels is regarded as one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game. He is one of the most consistent pitchers and can be counted on for 200 innings and 200 strikeouts almost every season. He led Phillies starters with 17 wins and a 3.06 ERA in 2012. (Rancho Bernardo HS)
  18. Royce Ring, Chicago White Sox – This lefty specialist hasn’t seen much success since making his major league debut in 2005. He last played Triple-A in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies and had a 1.12 ERA in 16 innings. Royce Ring’s career ERA sits at over 5.20 in 99 appearances. (San Diego State University)
  19. James Loney, Los Angeles Dodgers - James Loney was sixth in the 2007 ROY voting and put together two consecutive 90 RBI seasons (2007 and 2008) but has never developed the power that goes with playing a corner infield position. Loney is set to be the Rays' starting first baseman in 2013. (Lawrence E Elkins HS)
  20. Denard Span, Minnesota Twins – Exciting, fast and now part of the Washington Nationals. Denard Span has spent the last five years with the Twins and is one of the best at his position. A true leadoff hitter, courtesy of a career .357 OBP, he can only become more successful with the offseason trade. (Catholic HS)
  21. Bobby Brownlie, Chicago Cubs – Bobby Brownlie spent seven years in the minors as part of the Cubs and Atlanta Braves organizations before retiring in 2010. He is currently a certified player agent for the Scott Boras Corporation. (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey)
  22. Jeremy Guthrie, Cleveland Indians – Since making his debut at 25 in 2004, Jeremy Guthrie led the league in losses with 17 twice. He's played on some bad teams: the Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, contributing to his career record of 22 games under .500. (Stanford University)
  23. Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta Braves – Jeff Francoeur started his career as the next Mickey Mantle, batting .300 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI, earning in a third-place finish in the ROY voting despite playing only 70 games. Now playing for his fourth team in eight years, Mantle he is not, but who can be? (Parkview HS)
  24. Joe Blanton, Oakland Athletics – Known for getting guys out with location rather than speed, Joe Blanton is consistent. He has topped 190 innings every year and is good for 10-12 wins a year. He has 83 wins over nine years and is a solid fourth or fifth starter. (University of Kentucky)
  25. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – Matt Cain has taken a backseat to the “Freak,” Tim Lincecum, in San Francisco, but now Cain has stepped up and is the leader of the Giants pitching staff. Cain has been an All-Star three times, threw a perfect game in 2012 and is a two-time World Series champion. (Houston HS)
  26. John McCurdy, Oakland Athletics – John McCurdy never advanced past Double-A with the A’s. He last played in 2006 for the Stockton Ports, batting .271 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI. (University of Maryland)
  27. Sergio Santos, Arizona Diamondbacks – Originally drafted as a shortstop, Sergio Santos showed good power, belting 20 home runs in Double-A for the Toronto Blue Jays, but too many strikeouts was his downfall. A strong arm at short allowed him to make a transition into a closer at the big league level. Arm trouble forced him to miss most of 2012, but he did have 30 saves for the Chicago White Sox in 2011 while recording over 13 strikeouts per nine innings. (Mater Dei HS)
  28. John Mayberry, Seattle Mariners – Signed by the Texas Rangers after being drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur draft from Stanford University. He hit .245 with 14 HR and 46 RBI for the Phillies last season. (Rockhurst HS)
  29. Derick Grigsby, Houston Astros – Derick Grigsby spent two years in the Astros organization never advancing past Single-A. Grigsby battled depression after a death in his family and has been out of baseball since 2004. (Northeast Texas Community College)
  30. Ben Fritz, Oakland Athletics – Ben Fritz has been a part of the A’s and Detroit Tigers and has never advanced past Triple-A. He has amassed 45 wins over his nine professional seasons and has spent the last two years in the Independent Leagues with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. (California State University Fresno) 

Supplemental Draft Picks 

  1. Greg Miller, Los Angeles Dodgers – Greg Miller appeared in more than 200 games for the Dodgers at every single minor league level. He struck out 450 batters in 422 innings and ended his career in 2009 with a career 3.86 ERA. (Esperanza HS)
  2. Luke Hagerty, Chicago Cubs – Luke Hagerty had a 1.13 ERA and a 5-3 record with Boise in his first season; however, that did not translate into success. Only once in his six seasons was his ERA at the end of the season below 6.35. He played his last games with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Independent League in 2008. (Ball State University)
  3. Matthew Whitney, Cleveland Indians – Matthew Whitney played for three different organizations in his eight-year career: the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics. He hit 32 home runs and drove in 113 while batting .299 in 2007 for the Lake County Captains and Kinston Indians. Whitney ended his minor league career with over 340 RBI. (Palm Beach Gardens HS).
  4. Dan Meyer, Atlanta Braves – Dan Meyer played five MLB seasons and appeared in a career-high 71 games as a reliever for the Florida Marlins in 2009. Meyer played for the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League in 2012. (James Madison University)
  5. Jeremy Brown, Oakland Athletics – One of the biggest surprises of the draft, Jeremy Brown was another one of the hyped Moneyball draft picks, and someone that no one thought would have any type of baseball career let alone make it all the way to the show for five games in 2006. Brown spent six very productive seasons in the A’s minor league system before calling it quits in 2007. He is a career .268 hitter with an A’s-friendly .370 OBP. (University of Alabama)
  6. Chadd Blasko, Chicago Cubs – Chadd Blasko Appeared in 58 minor league games and last played in 2007. He ended with a 15-14 career record. (Purdue University)
  7. Steve Obenchain, Oakland Athletics – Steve Obenchain finished with a 23-24 record in the minors and last played for the Independent Evansville Otters of the Frontier League in 2007. (University of Evansville)
  8. Matt Clanton, Chicago Cubs – Injuries, rumours and disputes with the Cubs limited this first-rounder to two appearances in two years. Matt Clanton has not pitched since 2003. (Orange Coast College)
  9. Mark Teahen, Oakland Athletics – Mark Teahen had most of his success with Kansas City Royals between 2005 and 2009, consistently driving in 50 or more runs each year. He is a career .264 hitter and spent 2012 with the Washington Nationals Triple-A team. (St. Mary's College of California)
  10. Mark Schramek, Cincinnati Reds – Mark Schramek hit 22 home runs and drove in 104 between 2004 and 2005 for Reds minor league teams. He also struck out 265 times in those two years. He wound up a career .226 hitter in four minor league seasons. (University of Texas at Austin)
  11. Micah Schilling, Cleveland Indians – Micah Schilling never advanced past Single-A in six minor league seasons. (Silliman Institute) 

Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

Chicago White Sox sign Indy speedster Darian Sandford

03/20/2013 11:06 PM - Devo

Darian Sandford.JPGDarian Sandford, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Park University, signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. 

In all the years baseball has been around and everything that has been read and written, it takes something awe inspiring to impress people today. While this signing will be on the transaction wire with multiple other transactions; Sandford’s name will be etched in the Independent record books in 2012. 

Sandford stole 71 bases in 94 games for the Southern Illinois Minors and Washington Wild Things resulting in a Frontier League single season record. He batted  .250 with one home run, 25 RBI with six doubles and six triples (courtesy of baseballreference.com). 

It’s very obvious that speed was highly regarded by the White Sox, who purchased his contract from the Wild Things last week according to the press release issued by the Frontier League, and confirmed by bench coach Bart Zeller; 

“Darian caught the attention of White Sox personnel because of his speed and his ability to play the outfield as well as second or third base, thus increasing his value,” said Bench Coach Bart Zeller. “He has been working very hard this winter and his efforts were rewarded.” 

And Wild Things Assistant GM Steven Zavacky had nothing but good things to say about Sandford and his progress; 

“Although we are going to miss his speed on the base paths, we are happy that Darian is getting another shot with an affiliated organization and we wish him nothing but the best.” 

Sandford, who spent two years in the Royals organization, used a record setting year to get back with a MLB organization. Again, this is another reason why the Indy League’s are so good for players of all backgrounds and skillsets. 

Players are always released for a variety of reasons and some never get that second chance. Sandford has proven again that Indy baseball can vault you to the next level and confirmed that eyes are always watching you regardless of where you play. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.



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