Only three farm teams were active yesterday, so this seems like a good time to get in one more Prospect Trivia before the minor league season ends. I’ve stuck to recent history for most Trivia’s this year, so for this one I’m reaching back just a little further.
To the 1990s, to be exact. And I’m probably pushing the definition of ‘Prospect’ a little far, but we’ll go with it.
Major League Baseball expanded twice in the ’90s, and that means there were two expansion drafts (1993 and 1997). In each draft the Cubs lost three players, and from each of those groups of three there was one player who went on to have a lengthy major league career. Who were those two players?
Need a few hints?
From the 1993 draft, the player you are looking for was taken by the Rockies. He is now just about a household name in many baseball cities, but I suspect most of you never associate him with Colorado at all.
The 1997 draftee went to Tampa, and he actually had a more productive playing career (as measured by total bWAR) than the 1993 player. He hung around Major League Baseball through the 2012 season.
What’s that? That was too easy?
Fine. Bonus question. These two players, after they both had been taken in an expansion draft, went on to play together for two different teams. Name those teams.
The answers will appear in the Bullets later this morning. Try not to turn to the Googles, and, if you do, don’t spoil it for others.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa lost in 12 innings.
Tennessee – The Smokies were off yesterday.
Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach also had the day off.
South Bend – And so did South Bend.
Eugene – The Emeralds took sole possession of second place with this 7-4 come from behind win.
Arizona – Arizona won 10-7 in the opening game of a double header.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Javier Baez finished with 2 hits in this one.
- [Iowa] Mike Baxter tripled, his first, for the Cubs only extra base hit.
- [Iowa] Dallas Beeler struck out 3 over 7.1 innings on the mound, allowing a run on 6 hits.
- [Iowa] Carl Edwards, Jr. had to leave the game with an apparent finger issue. Hopefully it’s just a blister or nail kind of thing.
- [Eugene] Casey Bloomquist came out of the bullpen to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings in this one. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 4.
- [Eugene] Adonis Paula hit his first homer of the season.
- [Eugene] Eloy Jimenez doubled, walked, and finished 2 for 4. Other 2 hit games were picked up by Frandy Delarosa, Donnie Dewees, and Andrew Ely.
- [Eugene] Alex Bautista finished with 3 hits.
- [Arizona] Daniel Spingola doubled, tripled (his first) and finished 2 for 3 with his first steal of the year in Game One.
- [Arizona] Darryl Wilson walked and doubled. Chris Pieters (2 for 3) and Andruw Monasterio (2 for 4) also doubled.
- [Arizona] Dylan Cease pitched 2.2 innings in Game One. He allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 2, and he also induced 6 ground outs against none in the air.
- If it feels like you’ve been seeing the name Donnie Dewees at lot lately, it is because you have. He now has a 10 game hitting streak.
- The AZL Cubs did play a second game last night, but it was still in progress when I had to shut it down for the night. Doubles from Donnie Cimino, Carlos Jimenez, and Dan Vogelbach were already on the books after the third inning, as was a Jose Paniagua homer (his 4th). For the rest of the details on that one, check out the box score here.