Monday, February 4, 2008

Phorgotten Phillie Phile - Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell was the Phillies No. 5 draft pick in 1992. He appeared in 7 games (12 innings) in 1996. That was his entire major league career.

He appeared in 141 games (with a 38-43 record) in the Phillies farm system between 1992 and 1996. He was in a handful of games in the Yankees, Orioles and White Sox farm clubs in 1997 and 1998. That was his career. Retired at age 27.

He was the 137th player drafted in 1992 out of a total of 1,412 players. How did the class of 1992 fare? Of the 1,412 players, 176 (12.5%) appeared in a major league game. Of these, 23 players had an actual career (that is, played for several years). That's just 1.6% of the total. And only one became a real big star - Derek Jeter, the 6th player chosen. Jason Kendal and Johnny Damon were also 1st round picks and Todd Helton was a 2nd round pick. Was 1992 a bad year? The next Phorgotten Phillie will be from a different year so I'll make some comparisons.

I was able to find this stuff out on

Besides Mitchell, only two other players chosen by the Phillies ever played in the majors, John Zuber and Bobby Estalella. Estalella was named by some trainer in the Mitchell Report as "The poster boy for steroid use".

Larry Mitchell - today's Phorgotten Phillie!

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