Monday, June 3, 2013
#13 Esteban Beltre
Anyway, Esteban Beltre is taking some warmup throws on the field. It's not the most dynamic snapshot they could have chosen.
1. Beltre hit exactly one home run in the major leagues, a two-run shot off of Bill Krueger on August 4, 1992. Check out the box score - the White Sox outslugged the Twins 19-11. Krueger gave up seven runs in two innings, and was followed by Willie Banks, who coughed up a 10-spot in an inning and two-thirds. Wilson Alvarez got the win despite allowing four runs in three and two-thirds innings of relief, and Donn Pall got a ridiculous save with three runs allowed in four innings.
2. After spending the entire 1993 season in AAA, Esteban served as a utility infielder for the Rangers in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, he batted a career-high .282 and reached base at a .358 clip in 153 plate appearances.
3. Beltre committed 12 errors in only 157 chances at shortstop in 1992. He had a reputation as a strong-armed infielder, but often rushed his throws.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: It was interesting to see the long list of minor league stops on the back of Beltre's card. Here was a guy with a few dozen games of big league experience who had been playing pro ball since I was a toddler.
Bill James Said: "His batting record has improved substantially in the last two years, and it might be time for him to receive another shot at a shortstop job." Esteban never did get that shot, settling in behind first Manuel Lee and then Benji Gil in Texas with a bench role.
On This Date in 1993: June 3. Geoff Hooper wins the 66th National Spelling Bee. The word that clinches it is "kamikaze". Piece of cake.