Failed Prospects: Levale Speigner

2007 Fleer Ultra

Levale Speigner was a 2006 Rule 5 draft selection from the Minnesota Twins at age 26 who broke Spring Training camp with the team in 2007. He spent some time in the bullpen that season, putting up a dismal 48 ERA+ before our friend Jim Bowden made a deal to keep him in the organization (for Darnell McDonald, oddly enough, who has finally gotten a proper shot at the majors this year) and demoted him. He spent the rest of the year at AAA Columbus, putting up a thoroughly unimpressive 4.96 ERA in 49 frames of work. It looked like he might have rebounded in 2008, though, as he put up a 1.82 ERA in 59.1 innings between AA and AAA, earning a recall to the big league club…

Where he promptly flopped, pitching even worse than his last appearance. That was pretty much it for him in the Nats organization. He was granted free agency, and has gone through the Marlins and Mariners organizations. He’s still pitching in Seattle’s farm system, but I doubt he ever tastes the majors again, especially at age 29.

This was one of the cards I received in my trade with The Middle Child, and I dig it, even if Speigner is (was) less than stellar. I have an affinity for most Fleer Ultra sets, and this one was no exception. I also really like the background going on here; it’s different for a baseball card, almost arty, and the colors work well.

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