Back in 2002 I lived in Omaha, home of the O-Royals (AAA team of Kansas City). The Memphis Redbirds came through, and I got a scorecard signed by some random players. Found it this weekend…and thought it would be fun to see if any of these guys panned out.
Alexis Gomez, OF, – Played from 1999-2014. He was a Top 20 prospect in the Royals organization from 2000-2003, topping out as the #6 in 2002. He was selected to the Futures Games in 1999 and 2003, and was a All-Star in 2010 (Mexican League).
He only got 158 bats in the majors. His career numbers over 16 seasons were not bad, though: .286/.346/.430 with 124 HR.
Scott Seabol, IF – Drafted in the 88 round by the New York Yankees in 1996. He was the Yankees #29 prospect for the 2001 season. Seabol would make the majors in 2001, and for a time was the lowest-drafted player ever to do so, going 1,719th of 1,740 players selected in the 1996 drafted.
He did not really pan out, and become a classic 4A slugger. He had some great minor league seasons, notably his 2004 with Memphis when he smacked 31 HR. He would be a two time post-seasons all-star (2000, 2007) and two time mid-seasons all-star (2006, 2007).
All told he would spend parts of two seasons in the majors, going .217/.270/.292. His minor league numbers were .287/.346/.500 with 181 HR.
He would retire in 2007.
Jason Bowers, IF – Drafted in the 14th round (408th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998. He would rank the Cardinals #26 prospect for the 2001 season. He would spend 12 seasons in baseball, and advanced as high as AAA.
Over those 12 seasons went .256/.323/.359 with 45 HR.
Clint Weibl, P – Taken in the 37th round of the 1996 draft. Would spend 10 years in game, never making in past AAA. Spent most of his career as a starter, and went 61-63 over 1048.2 innings. He allowed 1091 hits, striking out 765 and walking 373.
Steve Stemle, P – 5th round draft pick of St. Louis in 1998. Got in 16 innings in the major leagues, allowing 25 hits and 16 ER. Spent nine seasons in the game, going 53-54 in the minors with a 1.406 WHIP over 872.2 innings.
So Taguchi, OF – Was a great player in Japan, and signed with the Cardinals in 2002. Was the Cardinals #6 prospect in 2002 and #30 in 2003. Had some trouble adapting to American ball, but would eventually spend eight seasons in the majors, going .279/.332/.385 as a part time player.
He was part of the World Series winning 2006 St. Louis team.
Matt Duff, P – Duff signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pirates in 1997. He would spend 11 seasons in the game, including 5.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2002. While his stay in the majors was brief, he was a solid organizational pitcher.
He would retire with a record of 55-37, with a 3.88 ERA and 1.282 WHIP.