January 2, 2003

38 Team One Players in Big Leagues During 2002

Many of our former Showcase players have made the transition from high school stars in the 1990s to current Major League players. 2002 was quite a year for Team One Showcase alums at the Big League level...
  • Catcher A.J. Pierzynski and RHP Roy Halladay played at Team One in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Both have had solid careers since, but 2002 was something special A.J. and Roy made their first Major League All-Star Game appearances in 2002. Pierzynski had a breakout season, batting .300, making the All-Star team and leading the Twins into the post-season. Halladay turned in one of the best seasons among American League pitchers, going 19-7 for the Blue Jays. Chavez, Eric (T1) - 2
  • Eric Chavez played in the 1995 Team One National Showcase (see photo to the right). Four years later, he was a rising star in the American League for Oakland. Chavez won his second straight Gold Glove award in 2002 while surpassing 30 home runs/100 RBI for the second consecutive season.
  • Pat Burrell played at Team One in 1994. He went onto a remarkable college career at Miami and was the #1 pick in the nation in the 1998 Draft. Now an established Big League star, Burrell belted 37 home runs and drove in 116 runs for the Phillies in 2002.
  • Another Team One alum, Austin Kearns, had an incredibily good rookie season in right field for the Reds. Kearns batted .315 and finished third in the NL Rookie-of-the-Year ballotting.
  • Catcher Michael Barrett finished his fourth season in the Majors as a starter for the Expos...Brent Butler debuted in 2002 and was the Rockies' starting 2B down the stretch...Sean Burroughs and Hank Blalock had very high expectations going into the '02 season. They are two of the game's top young hitters, but needed some more Minor League time...Michael Cuddyer helped the Twins into the post-season with a solid approach...Corey Patterson settled into the CF spot for the Cubs and displayed both power and speed, posting 48 extra base hits and 18 stolen bases.
  • On the mound, at least seven former Team One players were in Big League starting rotations, while another made 78 appearances out of the bullpen in 2002. In addition to Halladay, other Team One pitchers included Jimmy Anderson (Pirates), 13-game winner C.C. Sabathia (Indians), Mets LHP starter Mike Bacsick and RHP's Chris Reitsma (Reds), Mark Prior (Cubs) and Brett Myers (Phillies). Reliever Ricky Stone pitched in 78 games out of the bullpen for Houston.

  • Catchers
    T1 Year Name Pos. ML Team Signed Out of Signed By Signing Bonus
    1993 Matt LeCroy C Twins Clemson Twins, 1st (1997) $775,000
    1993 A.J. Pierzynski C Twins Dr. Phillips (FL) HS Twins, 3rd (1994) N/A
    1994 David Ross C Dodgers Florida Dodgers, 7th(1998) N/A
    1994 Michael Barrett C Expos Pace Academy (GA) Expos, 1st (1995) $500,000

    T1 Year Name Pos. ML Team Signed Out of Signed By Signing Bonus
    1993 Wes Helms 1B Braves Ashbrook (NC) HS Braves, 10th (1994) N/A
    1993-95 Brian Roberts SS Orioles South Carolina Orioles, 1st (1999) $650,000
    1994 Joe Lawrence 3B Blue Jays Barbe (LA) HS Blue Jays, 1st (1996) $907,500
    1995 Brent Butler 2B Rockies Scotland (NC) HS Cardinals, 3rd (1996) N/A
    1995 Eric Chavez 3B A's Mt. Carmel (CA) HS A's, 1st (1996) $1,140,000
    1995 Orlando Hudson 2B Blue Jays Spartanburg Meth. Blue Jays, 43rd (1996) N/A
    1995 Eric Munson 1B Tigers Southern California Tigers, 1st (1999) $6,750,000
    1996 Jason Romano 2B/OF Rangers Hillsborough (FL) HS Rangers, 1st (1997) $600,000
    1997 Sean Burroughs 3B Padres Wilson (CA) HS Padres, 1st (1998) $2,100,000
    1993 Felipe Lopez SS Blue Jays Lake Brantley (FL) HS Blue Jays, 1st (1998) $2,000,000
    1998 Hank Blalock 3B Rangers Rancho Bernado (CA) HS Rangers, 3rd (1999) N/A

    T1 Year Name Pos. ML Team Signed Out of Signed By Signing Bonus
    1993 Jason Michaels RF Phillies Miami (FL) Phillies, 4th (1998) N/A
    1993 Adam Piatt RF A's Mississippi State A's, 8th (1997) N/A
    1994 Pat Burrell LF Phillies Miami (FL) Phillies, 1st (1998) $8,000,000
    1994 Eric Valent RF Phillies UCLA Phillies, 1st (1998) $615,000
    1996 Michael Cuddyer RF Twins Great Bridge (VA) HS Twins, 1st (1997) $1,850,000
    1996 Jack Cust LF Rockies Immaculata (NJ) HS D-backs, 1st (1997) $825,000
    1997 J.J. Davis RF Pirates Baldwin Park (CA) HS Pirates, 1st (1997) $1,675,000
    1996-97 Corey Patterson CF Cubs Harrison (GA) HS Cubs, 1st (1998) $3,700,000
    1997 Austin Kearns RF Reds Lafayette (KY) HS Reds, 1st (1998) $1,950,000

    Left-Handed Pitchers
    T1 Year Name Pos. ML Team Signed Out of Signed By Signing Bonus
    1993 Jimmy Anderson LHP Pirates Western Branch (VA) HS Pirates, 9th (1994) N/A
    1994 Jimmy Osting LHP Brewers Trinity (KY)HS Braves, 4th (1995) N/A
    1995 Mike Bacsik LHP Mets Duncanville (TX) HS Indians, 18th (1996) N/A
    1995 Mike Bynum LHP Padres North Carolina Padres, 1st (1999) Not Available
    1997 C.C. Sabathia LHP Indians Vallejo (CA) Indians, 1st (1998) $1,300,000

    Right-Handed Pitchers
    T1 Year Name Pos. ML Team Signed Out of Signed By Signing Bonus
    1993 Ricky Stone RHP Astros Hamilton (OH) HS Dodgers, 4th (1994) N/A
    1993 Steve Woodard RHP Rangers Hartselle (AL) HS Brewers, 5th (1994) N/A
    1994 Roy Halladay RHP Blue Jays Arvada West (CO) HS Blue Jays, 1st (1995) $825,000
    1995 Zach Day RHP Expos LaSalle (OH) HS Indians, 5th (1996) N/A
    1995 Matt Ginter RHP White Sox Mississippi State White Sox, 1st (1999) $1,275,00
    1995 Chris Reitsma RHP Reds Calgary Christ.(CN) Red Sox, 1st (1996) $425,000
    1996 Aaron Cook RHP Rockies Hamilton (OH) HS Rockies, 2nd (1997) N/A
    1997 Mark Prior RHP Cubs Southern California Cubs, 1st (2001) $10,500,000
    1998 Brett Myers RHP Phillies Englewood (FL) HS Phillies, 1st (1999) $2,050,000


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