1992 Donruss The Rookies #1

This is the first of a series of quick-hit team sets that I’ll eventually cover on this site.


1992 Donruss The Rookies #12
Former Expo
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: These rookies sets are so instructive. The farther back you go, the more clearly you can see just how many prospects wash out, how many become serviceable major leaguers, and how many become actual superstars. Bottenfield fell into that serviceable major leaguer area. He wasn’t a super highly touted prospect as I recall, just someone who was projected as what he became. But good for him for even living up to that: a 100 ERA+ for his career, solidly average, and 566 Ks over 9 seasons.
Rating: 6/10 -I think I was a sucker for Donruss rookies sets more than anything because they would take the traditional border for that year and make them green, my favorite color. On top of that, I really like the 92 Donruss design. Unfortunately, this is just an average picture, a little too dark.
1992 Donruss The Rookies #24
Former Expo
Position: 3B
Bio/Summary: Archi was projected to be an organizational player for the Expos – someone who never really made it past the minors, but he had a breakout 91 and made the team in 92. Hmmm…steroids, maybe? Either way, he stuck, lasting seven major league seasons with an 80 OPS+. How DID he last so long, anyway?
Rating: 7/10 – Great photo of the fugly Cianfrocco.
Jon Hurst
1992 Donruss The Rookies #57
Failed Prospect
Position: SP
Bio/Summary:  Hurst was one of those guys who manages to come back from the brink (in his case, playing with an Independent team) and earn a cup of coffee or two in the majors. But that’s all he really got. His careeer ERA+ was 46, and he just never managed to impress, washing out two years later with the Mets.
Rating: 6/10 – I always like a good pitching photo that doesn’t make the pitcher look absolutely goofy, because let’s face it, pitching DOES look goofy.
1992 Donruss the Rookies #84
Former Expo
Position: C
Bio/Summary: I had forgotten Natal started as an Expo until I saw this picture; I had just associated him with those fledgling Marlins years for so long. Bob did his job pretty well: he was a backup catcher, and that’s what he did for the Marlins. He wasn’t a good hitter, but I guess he was pretty good defensively. That, or the Marlins were desperate.
Rating: 2/10 – Jesus, could they have picked a worse picture of the guy?

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