Monday, June 23, 2014
#238 Chris Donnels
About the Back: Donnels was the 24th overall pick. He didn't really pan out for the Mets, but they took Todd Hundley and Pete Schourek with their next two picks, at least.
1. The Marlins selected Chris in the Expansion Draft in November 1992, but placed him on waivers a month later; he was claimed by Houston.
2. He played in Japan from 1996 through 1998, batting .288/.401/.507 with 42 home runs in 264 games for the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix Blue Wave.
3. Donnels hit five pinch home runs in his major league career.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: The spelling of his name always tripped me up. Double-n, single-l.
Bill James Said: "He'll be 28 in late April, so getting a regular job is probably out, but could have a good career as a pinch hitter/extra infielder."
On This Date in 1993: June 23. John Olerud goes hitless for the first time since May 25 in a 4-3 Toronto loss to the Yankees. His 26-game hit streak may be over, but he's still batting .401/.502/.694 on the season.