Monday, September 29, 2014

2004 Draft Picks - How did they do? Part 3

There were actually 40 players selected in the first round of the 2004 draft. Here are 21-30. The two winners in this group are Glen Perkins and Phillip Hughes.

2004 Topps Traded #73 Greg Golson
Pick #21 by the Phillies. Golson made his ML debut with the Phillies in September 2008. Although he traveled with the team on the road to the World Series, he was not eligible to play. He was traded in 2009 to the Rangers for John Mayberry, a trade I think went in the Phillies favor. Golson, who spent had 1 AB with the Rangers. He was traded to the Yankees in 2010, had a cup of coffee and released in 2011. He's been in the minor league systems of the Royals, the White Sox, the Rockies, the Braves and the Brewers. He must have quite a cap collection.

2007 Topps Heritage #476 Glen Perkins
Pick #22 by the Twins. Perkins is a 2-time All-Star closer, still with the Twins. He was converted from a starter to a relief pitcher in 2011 and made the closer in 2012. He's saved 88 games since then.

2007 UD Masterpieces #77 Phillip Hughes
Pick #23 by the Yankees. Hughes pitched 7 years for the Yankees, including a stint with the 2010 All-Star team, before becoming a free agent after last season. He signed a 3-year, $24MM contract with the Twins and is currently 15-10 for a team that's on a pace to lose over 90 games.

2009 Topps Update #193 Landon Powell
Pick #24 by the A's. Powell came up in 2009 and had mainly been a backup catcher until 2011. He played minor league ball of the Astros (AAA) in 2012 and the Mets (AAA) in 2013 but is now out of professional baseball. He's had some career highlights. He got a double in his first at bat. On May 9, 2010, Powell caught Dallas Braden's perfect game. He is currently the head baseball coach at North Greenville University in South Carolina.

Pick #25 Kyle Waldrop by the Twins. Waldrop was 1-1 in 24 relief appearances for the Twins in 2011-2012. He has the distinction of sharing my birthday. I've only got one card for him, from 2004, and, sorry, I don't feel like digging it out.

Pick #26 Richie Robnett by the A's. He's an outfielder who spent 7 years in the minor with several years but never got called up. I have a 2004 Topps Chrome card but don't have it scanned.

2007 Topps #579 Taylor Tankersley
Pick #27 by the Marlins. Tankersley spent 2006-2010, and then 2010 with the Marlins in a short-relief role. He managed to go 8-3 with 4 saves. He refused to accept a minor league assignment after the 2010 season and became a free agent. He spent 2011 in the farm with the Mets, and now he's gone.

2008 Bowman Chrome Draft #18 Blake DeWitt
Pick #28 by the Dodgers. After 3 other players got hurt in spring training, DeWitt became the Dodgers starting 3rd baseman, but later lost the job to Casey Blake. In 2010 he was the Dodgers starting 2nd baseman but got traded to the Cubs in July. He had a fair amount of playing time between the Dodgers and Cubs in 2010 and 2011 but has been largely in the minor since. He appears out of professional baseball in 2014.

Matt Campbell Pick #29 by the Royals. Matt was a pitcher in the Royals system from 2004 to 2007. He didn't pitch at all in 2006 which makes me think injury. He never made it out of single A. I have one card of his, a 2004 Upper Deck National Pride.

2008 Bowman Draft Gold #23 Eric Hurley
Pick #30 by the Rangers. Eric, the Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2004, got his major league chance in 2008. He went 1-3 in 5 starts for the Rangers in June-July. Unfortunately for him, that was the end of his major league career. He missed all of 2009 due to rotator cuff surgery. In 2011 a viral infection laid him low. By 2012 he was out of professional league baseball.


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