Tuesday, April 19, 2016
One-Card Wonder Pt. 27: Jim Byrd
Byrd was drafted in the eighth round of the 1987 draft. He was a middle infielder in the minors and never really had much of a bat. He did have a little bit of pop in his bat as he hit eight home runs in 1990, despite a .225 batting average. He was not a terribly good fielder either. One year he made 44 errors and made 34 and 36 in other years. The one skill that he had in the minors that helped him make it to the Majors was his speed. And of course that explains why his only two Major League appearances were as a pinch runner.