Saturday, August 1, 2009

1994 Signature Rookies Draft Picks- The Rest, part 1

I got a box of this stuff for Christmas or my birthday in 1994. Each pack contained one autograph. Rather than go through them one by one, I'll divide them up into two posts.

From left to right, top to bottom, this page has- Andrew Lorraine, Mark Farris, Oscar Robles, Jayson Peterson, Jacob Cruz, John Dettmer, Hiram Bocachica, Kevin Witt, and Mark Johnson.

Out of those nine, seven of these players made it the Major Leagues.

Andrew Lorraine- This card was some sort of insert card. For starters, Andrew was drafted in 1993. Also, the card itself is number to 20,000 and the signature is numbered to 2,100. I'm not sure what uniform he is wearing, though. I always thought that it was a Vancouver Canadians uniform, but he wasn't traded to the White Sox until 1995. Plus, it looks like he has a 125th anniversary patch on his sleeve. Is this an Angels jersey that is really doctored up?

Andrew pitched in parts of seven seasons with seven different clubs.

Oscar Robles- Oscar got into 110 games with the Dodgers in 2005. It took him eleven years to make the Majors, but he made the most of it and hit.272 that year. Unfortunately, he didn't do as well the next year as he only hit .152 in 29 games. He appeared in 24 games in 2007 with the Padres, as well. He played for Portland and Lehigh Valley last year and this year has played in the Mexican League.

Oscar was an undrafted free agent. I'm not sure why he is in a draft pick set.

Jacob Cruz- Jacob's career was similar to Andrew Lorraine's. He played parts of nine seasons in the Majors with five different clubs. The only season that he got any decent playing time was in 2005 for the Reds. He appeared in 110 games that year, almost exclusively as a pinch hitter. He finished the season at .236 mark with 4 homers and 18 RBI. He also played in Mexico this year.

John Dettmer- Out of the seven guys with Major League experience, this guy has the least amount. He only got into 12 games with the Rangers- 11 in '94 and 1 in '95. He has a 0-6 record and a 4.47 ERA for his career.

John was drafted in 1992. This is another questionable addition to the set.

Hiram Bocachica- Hiram appeared in 273 Major League games, with five teams, before taking off for Japan. He was a .215 career hitter in the States. Last year, he hit .251 with 20 home runs and only 47 RBI with the Seibu Lions. He played for Puerto Rico in the WBC this year.

Kevin Witt- Kevin played for four different teams in the five seasons he spent in the big leagues. His most successful season was with the Tigers in 2003, when he .263 with 10 home runs in 93 games.

Mark Johnson- This is one of three Mark Johnsons that have played Major League baseball. One was a first basemen/outfielder, one was a catcher, and one pitched. This is the catcher. This Mark has played parts of eight season in the Majors with four different teams. Most of his time was with the White Sox. I was amazed to see that he appeared in 10 games last year with the Cardinals. This season, he is playing for the Iowa Cubs and is currently on the DL.

Tomorrow, I will post the second, and final, group from this set. I didn't do a post yesterday because I am in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. I am helping out a friend who is racing in the ARCA series out here. The last three posts were written on Tuesday night. I started to run out of time, so I skipped Wendesday and Friday. I should be home tomorrow and will get another post in.

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