Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ones that Got Away: Eric Milton

Previous Segments: Jose TabataIan KennedyAustin JacksonRoss Ohledorf, Gerrit Cole, and Mike Lowell
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The seventh in this series will be Eric Milton
Trade to the Minnesota Twins with Brian Buchanan, Christian Guzman, Danny Mota, and cash for Chuck Knoblauch 

Background:  Milton drafted in the first round of the 1996 MLB draft, 20th overall, by the Yankees.  Milton only played one season in the minor leagues.  He spent the 1997 season starting in high A ball and making it all the way up to AA.  His combined stats for the season was a 14-6 record with a 3.11 ERA.  He also struck out 162 in 171 innings.  He was then ranked as the #25 overall prospect by Baseball America going into the 2008 season.  Following the 1997 season he was traded to the Twin.

Since being trade: While Milton did not have a hugely successful career he was a very serviceable pitcher and lasted 11 season in the big leagues.   He had his best season in 2001 in which he went 15-7 with a 4.32 ERA.  He also struck out 157 in 220.2 innings.  This season was his one and only All-Star appearance.  His career numbers aren't overly inspiring, he was 89-85 with a 5.11 ERA.  

Comments on trade: This trade seems like a very good one for the Yankees.  Even though they gave up two serviceable MLB players in Milton and Christian Guzman, Knoblauch was a staple on the late nineties championship teams.  He was a great leadoff man and added speed to the Yankees lineup.  Therefore it was definitely worth giving as much as the Yankees did. 

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