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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013 Quarry Unlimited - Four Paneled Rookies

One thing I definitely wanted to include in this set was the four paneled rookie cards.  The original 1977 set featured the rookie cards of Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, and a whole lot of lesser known names.  I appreciate the big names, but I love the guys that most people forget.  My challenge here was that since I was making a regular card of every single player that played in the big leagues this year, what would be the purpose of the four paneled cards.  I came up with an answer, why not go with prospects.  But not just any prospects, 40 man roster prospects that did not make the majors.  While there are a few top notch prospects listed here, most of these guys just had bad years (or injured ones) and might never make it.  I'm okay with that, because I am one of the few collectors that appreciate the fact that John Scott was taking up space on the Andre Dawson rookie too.  Let's take a look at some of the potential rookies of the 2014 season.

Current status
Trey McNutt - 23 - Spent 2013 in AA for the 4th straight year...currently off the 40 man roster
Danny Hultzen - 23 - Top prospect that made it to AAA but is likely out for the 2014 season
Tsuyoshi Wada - 32 - former Japanese League pitcher played in AAA...released after the season
Adys Portillo - 21 - spent his 4th straight season in Low A...injured most of 2013

Current Status
Manny Banuelos - 22 - highly ranked prospect that missed 2013 due to Tommy John surgery
Santo Manzanillo - 24 - spent 2013 between high A and AA....outrighted off 40 man after season
Edwin Escobar - 21 - highly regarded prospect that pitched well in AA in 2013
Trevor May - 24 - acquired in Ben Revere deal...repeated AA in 2013

Current status
Daniel Corcino - 23 - youngster spent all of 2013 in mediocre AAA season
Matt West - 24 - converted infielder missed 2013 with Tommy John surgery
Trey Haley - 23 - reliever repeated AA in 2013 with mixed results
Matt Purke - 23 - former 1st rounder split 2013 between low A and high A

Current status
John Lamb - 23 - former top prospect struggled in his jump to from high A to AAA
Nick Bucci - 23 - missed most of 2013 with shoulder injury...currently off 40 man roster
Jorge Rondon - 25 - hard throwing reliever that was decent in AAA in 2013
Rudy Owens - 25 - acquired in Wandy Rodriguez deal...missed most of 2013 with foot injury

Current status
Sebastian Valle - 23 - had poor offensive, good defensive year in repeat AA year
Christian Vazquez - 23 - had good season at AA...got late season bump to AAA
A.J. Jimenez - 23 - spent 2013 at 3 different levels, mostly AA...hurt for half the year
Ramon Cabrera - 24 - split 2013 between AA and AAA...should see bigs next year

Current status
Ernesto Mejia - 27 - successfully repeated AAA...stuck behind Freddie Freeman at 1B
Hak-Ju Lee - 23 - highly rated SS prospect that missed most of 2013 with serious knee injury
Danny Santana - 22 - really good year at AA a good sign for SS-hungry Twins
Angel Villalona - 23 - former top 1B prospect split 2013 at high A and AA with mixed results

Current status
Ramon Flores - 21 - had good year for his age at AA in 2013
Jorge Soler - 21 - Cuban defector hit well at high A...missed last 2 months with broken leg
Cesar Puello - 22 - hit very well at AA before 50 game Biogenesis suspension in August
Jared Mitchell - 25 - former 1st rounder hit very poorly between AA and AAA

Current status
Travis Witherspoon - 24 - hit poorly in repeat AA season...claimed off waivers by Seattle
Yeison Asencio - 23 - had successful split year between high A and AA
Tim Wheeler - 25 - former 1st rounder's power drop inexplicable...repeated AAA
Alfredo Silverio - 26 - hasn't played since 2011 because of 2 Tommy John surgeries

Only time will tell if there is an Andre Dawson-type Hall of Fame career in these 32 players.  It is highly unlikely, but still possible.  The odds are with a handful of these guys being successful big league players in 5 years, but the odds are also with half of these guys being completely forgotten in a year or two.  That is what is both great and frustrating with all prospects.

Thanx for reading.


Dennis said...

These look great! One of my favorite multiplayer rookie designs for sure.

night owl said...

That's really digging up a bunch of guys I've never heard of.

I hope some kid doesn't come along and cut those cards up into fourths (like I did).