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.
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.
38 Team One Alums in the Major Leagues - 2002 Season