Ron Wright: He Didn't Turn Into Harmon Killebrew
Prospects I Was Wrong About, Part Two
Reviewing the 1997 Top 50 list, and looking at the guys I was wrong about.
- Andruw Jones, OF
- Vlad Guerrero, OF
- Nomar Garciaparra, SS
- Scott Rolen, 3B
- Paul Konerko, 1B
- Ruben Rivera, OF: BZZT! Wrong! Second appearance on the Bust List.
- Edgard Velazquez, OF: BZZT! Wrong! The Ruben Rivera of the National League, Velazquez was a tools player who didn't develop. Being the nephew of Roberto Clemente didn't help him, although he later changed his name to Edgard Clemente.
- Todd Walker, 3B
- Todd Helton, 1B
- Mike Sweeney, C
- Jaret Wright, RHP: Career hampered by injury but successful enough that he doesn't count as a prospect bust.
- Kerry Wood, RHP
- Miguel Tejada, SS
- Adrian Beltre, 3B
- Dmitri Young, 1B
- Karim Garcia, OF
- Jose Cruz JR, OF
- Ben Grieve, OF: Faded too quickly, but doesn't count as a bust due to early success. A True Bust is a guy who does nothing.
- Ron Wright, 1B: BZZT! Wrong! Old Player Skill guy, career ruined by back injuries.
- Hiram Bocachica, SS: BZZT! Wrong! Hit just .217 in 231 career games. Effective Triple-A hitter, but couldn't adjust to major league competition. Tools guy.
- Jeff Suppan, RHP
- Chad Hermansen, SS: BZZT!!! WRONG!!! Tools guy, totally lost command of the strike zone in Triple-A.
- Bob Abreu, OF
- Mike Cameron, OF
- Enrique Wilson, SS: I'm going to count this one as a bust. I thought he could be a star. Instead he was just a very very mediocre utilityman. This is an AGE-GATE case: he would never have ranked as a top prospect if his true birthday had been public.
- Carl Pavano, RHP
- Sidney Ponson, RHP
- Tom Evans, 3B: BZZT! Wrong! Triple-A journeyman, career frequently hampered by injury.
- Shannon Stewart, OF
- Neifi Perez, SS
- Roy Halladay, RHP
- Wes Helms, 3B
- Matt Morris, RHP
- Jose Guillen, OF
- Kelvim Escobar, RHP
- Livan Hernandez, RHP
- Javier Valentin, C
- Donnie Sadler, 2B: BZZT! Wrong! Holdover from '96 list.
- Pat Cline, C: BZZT! Wrong! Career ruined by injuries, offensive development stalled in Triple-A.
- Todd Dunwoody, OF: Long career, but not a very good player. I will count this as a tools bust.
- Bret Tomko, RHP
- Wilton Guerrero, 2B
- Ricky Ledee, OF: Marginally effective platoon player, but not a star. Borderline bust case.
- Derrek Lee, 1B
- Richard Hidalgo, OF
- Jimmy Anderson, LHP: The Todd Dunwoody of Pitchers. Not very good, but kept getting chances.
- Bartolo Colon, RHP
- Eric Ludwick, RHP: Holdover from '96 list.
- T.J. Staton, OF: BZZT! Wrong! Stopped hitting in Triple-A.
- Billy McMillon, OF: Became stathead favorite due to strong Triple-A numbers. Had some bursts of success in the majors, but by the time he got a chance he was on the wrong side of 30.
Career Ruined by Injuries:
Eric Ludwick, RHP (also on '96 list)
Old Player Skill Bust
Ron Wright, 1B (injuries a major factor)
Tom Evans, 3B (injuries a major factor)
Pat Cline, C (injuries a major factor)
Ricky Ledee, OF (borderline case)
Tool Player Bust:
Ruben Rivera, OF (also on '96 list)
Edgard Velazquez Clemente, OF
Hiram Bocachica, SS
Chad Hermansen, SS
Todd Dunwoody, OF (borderline case)
Just Didn't Play Well:
Donnie Sadler, 2B (also on '96 list)
Jimmy Anderson, LHP (borderline case)
Enrique Wilson, SS
Didn't Get A Chance Until Too Late
Billy McMillon, OF
T.J. Staton, OF (just stopped hitting for no apparent reason)