In this series, I look at one player per year from 1991-the present who came out of nowhere or had a great year that no one really noticed or expected.
Beyond the numbers, El Guapo had become a fan favorite mostly for his portly physique. He did not look like an athlete at all. But he was reasonably successful. Unfortunately his success was not long-lasting. He had similar numbers in 2001 but collapsed completely in 2002 and was out of the major leagues. Such is the fungibility of middle relievers.