Mike Twardoski was drafted by the Indians in the 29th round of the 1986 draft. He would spend 10 seasons in the minors, spending time with the Cleveland, Boston, New York Mets, and Atlanta systems.
While he would never get to the majors, he put up consistently awesome numbers, especially while in the Indians low minors. In 1990 and 1992 he was his teams MVP.
He did not have a lot of pop, but could get on base–he would retire with a career .405 OBP. He did steal 21 bases one season, but I am thinking he was not a big threat on the bases. Also, he was limited to playing only first, a position that you normally want more power at. I have to think that if he was playing currently someone would have given him more a chance, but back them I don’t think they appreciate players like him as much as the do now.
He was a very talented player and a bummer that he never made it. But he is still very much in the game, as the head coach of the Emory baseball team.