Thursday, April 9, 2009

Where Are They Now? Darrel Akerfelds

The information on the back of the card is sort of confusing. It leads you to believe that he pitched with the Indians in 1988, which he didn't. He pitched in 16 innings with the Indians in 1987, but spent the entire 1988 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he went 3-7 with a 4.34 ERA in 49 games of relief.

On December 5, 1988 he was taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Rangers and spent most of the '89 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. 1990 was his only full year at the Major League level when he pitched in 71 games for the Phillies. After appearing in 30 games for the Phillies in 1991, he split the remainder of his career between Double- and Triple-A with the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays and Angels.

These days he's the bullpen coach for the Padres.