Another 5 more cards in the insanity marathon.
Card # 946: Geovany Soto
Serial Number: 952
Team: Texas Rangers, card # 40/50
5 years ago he looked like the catcher of the future for the Cubs. Rookie of the Year, 28 HR's, average in the .280s, everyone thought he was going to have a great career. How the mighty have fallen. Soto hit .198 in 2012, and is now the backup catcher in Texas.
Card # 947: Mark Kotsay
Serial Number: 1179
Team: San Diego Padres, card # 35/50
As of this writing Mark needs 96 more games to reach the 2000 mark for his career. Not sure if he'll get another contract though, hitting .191 at the age of 37 usually doesn't have GM's knocking on your door.
Card # 948: Wilson Valdez
Serial Number: 887
Team: Philadelphia Phillies, card # 30/50
Valdez's card says 2nd base, but he's a little more versatile than that. He pitched one inning in relief in 2011, and got credit for the win. Wilson spent the majority of the 2013 playing for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League.
Card # 949: Javier Lopez
Serial Number: 1079
Team: San Francisco Giants, card # 29/50
Lopez is like a fine wine, getting better with age. Since 2010, his season ERAs have decreased each year, and is throwing in at least 70 games each year (should hit 70 this year, he's at 64 as of this writing). Has never averaged an inning per appearance in those 4 seasons, so the term LOOGY is a term that was reserved for him.
Card # 950: Dustin Moseley
Serial Number: 1196
Team: San Diego Padres, card # 36/50
Anyone feel like watching a WWE match right now? Now that is one helluva vertical jump. Moseley pitched one game in 2012, giving up 5 runs in 5 IP. The Padres released him after that and he's currently not in baseball.
Thanks for reading, Robert