Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pack Twenty-Two - 50%

Pack 22
469 Kirt Manwaring
38 Kirk McCaskill
416 Doug Drabek
464 Craig Lefferts
248 Ernie Whitt
124 Willie Wilson
233 Monty Fariss
69 Ron Kittle
37 Chuck Finley
11 Juan Bell
127 Hugh Walker
427 Don Heinkel

This pack pushed me over the 50% completion mark. With fourteen packs to go, I don't think my goal of 70% completion is too far off base.

After not being able to feature any of the rookies here for the past several days, I hit the jackpot with three of them in this pack (four counting Don Heinkel, but he saw MLB action in 1988 so I won't count him here).

Kicking things off is the not so good with a bat, but kinda sorta not so bad with a glove younger brother of George Bell.

Early in his career, Juan was involved in a deal that sent Eddie Murray to the Dodgers. It was somewhat of a one sided deal as Eddie had a few pretty good years in LA, and Baltimore didn't get too much out of the three players that came their way.

Juan's best season (statistically) came in 1993 where he batted .228 with five homers and 36 RBIs in 115 games split between the Phillies and Brewers. The only other season he played in at least 100 games was 1991 and he managed a .172/.201/.249. D'oh.

After finishing his Major League career in Boston in 1995, he played at the Triple-A level with Boston in '96 and Toronto in '98. He finished his profession career in 1999 with Elmira of the independant North East league.

I have never seen someone look so unhappy to be on a baseball card in my life. Maybe that's why he never made it past Double-A. In seven minor league seasons, all with KC, he batter .248 with 48HR and 306RBIs.

Monty Fariss was originally drafted by the Mets in 1985 but didn't sign. In 1988 he was the sixth pick of the June draft by the Rangers.

He had a good career at Oklahoma State University between 1986 and '88 and he put up decent numbers in the minors before getting a chance at the Major Leagues in 1991. His second year in Texas didn't go so well and he was chosen in the 1992 expansion draft by the Marlins. He only played in 18 games at the Major League level for Florida in 1993 and spent '94 and '95 at Triple-A (with the Marlins and Cubs) before retiring in 1995 at age 27.