Recalling the sad story of a player who's still waiting for his second major-league plate appearance.
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Despite a fan campaign, Adam Greenbergwon't be getting a call-up to the Cubs this September, but we remind you of his story by reprinting the interview below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Q&A" column on March 11th, 2011.
Five more bodies heaped on the bonfire of failure, but which one might not belong?
As we continue the rundown of the 50 most disappointing prospects of all time with the next five, two things have become clear: first, between my own research and reader suggestions—everyone has a favorite let-down, it seems—I could easily sail past 50 and perhaps 100. Second, of the current players on the list, no one kicked about Alex Gordon, but Matt Wieters still has many believers.
For this third installment, I’ve added five more players to the pool, and as with previous installments, I will conclude with one active player. Again, the order isn’t important—we’ll attempt a ranking at the end of the series. Finally, a restatement of definitions: we are not looking for over-drafted players, but rather prospects who gave legitimate indications that they had major-league star potential.
Todd Walker, 2B, Twins Drafted 1994, first round, eighth overall The LSU star, MVP of the College World Series, was selected in what would prove to be a weak, almost perverse first round, perhaps best symbolized by the great Josh Booty, who went fifth overall, well ahead of Nomar Garciaparra, Paul Konerko, and Jason Varitek, who went off the board in that order with the 12th through 14th picks of the round. Walker preceded them as well, and based on minor-league performance, you can’t argue with the Twins’ choice. The Twins took their time with the college player, partly because they didn’t know if Walker would be developed as a bad second baseman or a bad third baseman, partly because they’re the Twins and that’s what they do. As such, Walker moved one level at a time when he might have been ready to hit in the majors from the get-go. His apprenticeship should have culminated with a .339/.400/.599 season at Triple-A Salt Lake City, but for various reasons, including being blocked by Chuck Knoblauch, his lack of a position, conflicts with Tom Kelly, and extended bouts of hitting well below his apparent capabilities, his major-league career got off to a slow start. When he stumbled out of the gate in 2000, the Twins demoted him, then traded him to the Rockies. He spent the rest of his career wandering from organization to organization. Frequently platooned, he had only two offensive seasons in 12 that were of the quality suggested by his minor-league numbers.
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Questions for today's Mets tryout revolve around trying to come back from getting hit by a life-threatening pitch.
Adam Greenberg doesn’t see himself as a victim, but you couldn’t blame him if he did. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg walked up to the plate in what is thus far his only big-league at-bat, and what happened next is nothing short of tragic. He saw just one pitch from Marlins left-hander Valerio de los Santos, and the next thing he knew he was sprawled in the batters’ box fearing for his life.
The Rangers felt they made their best effort to re-sign Cliff Lee, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.
The Rangers walked away from their first World Series appearance disappointed in losing to the Giants but taking consolation in the belief they were set up to land the biggest prize on this winter's free-agent market.
The Mariners try to distance themselves from a shipwreck of a season, along with other news and notes from the major leagues.
The Mariners prefer to look ahead rather than back on what has been a disastrous season. And who can really blame them? The Mariners went to spring training as the trendy pick to win the American League West by such national publications as Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Instead, a season-long soap opera has ensued.
Jim follows up a column from 2005 where he discussed players with one game and one game only of MLB experience. Today, he adds a few players to the club, and checks on the status of former members.
In a February 2005 column, I discussed our continuing fascination with these men, focusing on the players who had, within the years 1999-2003, done this very thing. I thought we'd revisit the topic today and talk about those who have joined them in the One-Game Club and those among that group who managed to beat the rap and expand on their careers in the intervening two seasons.