Friday, February 27, 2009

Young Superstars #32 - Pete Incaviglia

The photo on the front of this card was mostly likely taken during the same game as the Jose Canseco card we saw a few days ago.

Pete Incaviglia had an outstanding career at Oklahoma State University, and still holds the NCAA record for home runs and RBIs in a season. In 2007 he was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Incaviglia is one of a short list of players who went directly into the major leagues without stepping foot on a minor league field before hand. He was drafted by the Expos in 1985 but refused to play in the minors and was traded to Texas. Despite having never seen professional pitching before, and it shows in his batting average, Pete had an outstanding rookie season (1986) at the plate. Aside from the afore mentioned batting average (.250), he hit 30 home runs and drove in 88 runs. The next year he raised his average to .271 and still hit 27 homers and drove in 80. Not too shabby.

After retiring in 1998, Pete coached in the Detroit tigers organization and managed in the independant leagues.

Pete Incaviglia's career statistics

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Andy said...

Not to mention he was implicated as a steroid user.