A reader requested a revival of our old Guess the Prospect! feature. The idea here is for me to lay out the minor league career of a former or current major league player and for you to guess who it is based on the evidence presented.
Here's an obscure one for you.
This player was signed as an undrafted free agent from a high school west of the Mississippi River in the 1970s. An outfielder, he had reached Triple-A by the age of 23 and put up some pretty good power/speed numbers for context, but for some reason he did not receive a full opportunity until his age 27 season when he took a semi-regular job for a rebuilding team. At age 28 he suddenly developed more power and seized control of a full-time job.
After two good years he was involved in a significant trade. Overall he held a regular job for six years (and made at least one All Star team) until injuries and age began to drag him down. He was a very good defensive outfielder until he got old, at which point he held on for awhile as a fairly productive platoon DH type until finally fading out and retiring at age 37.
Can you Guess the Prospect?