Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team catching candidates

Today is the day. Voting begins on choosing the players for the Wilmington Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary Team.

Cam Gallagher catching

Blue Rocks catcher Cam Gallagher on September 3, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

We begin with catcher, which the KC Royals have not reaped the benefits from over the years, but there were some good ones in Wilmington.

Below are your choices for catcher:

  • Andy Stewart (1993-94): Stewart hit .317 in 1994 and led the Carolina League in caught stealing percentage (.549) in 36 games behind the plate (he also played first base, the outfield, and was the DH).
  • Lance Jennings (1994): Jennings was the MVP of the Mills Cup Championship (the championship in the Carolina League), as he hit two home runs and drove in four in helping the Blue Rocks win their first championship (he only hit seven homers during the regular season). Jennings only played one more season of professional baseball.
  • Sal Fasano (1994-95): In 1994, Fasano hit a grand slam in the first inning on September 2nd that clinched the second half Northern Division title for the Blue Rocks. He hit .322 in 23 second half games in 1994.
  • Mike Sweeney (1995): He was the first Blue Rock to be called up to the big leagues from Wilmington. Sweeney hit .310 with 18 home runs (fourth most in a single season) and 53 RBIs. He also walked 60 times compared to just 39 walks in 407 plate appearances. Sweeney has his number 33 retired.
  • Paul Phillips (1998, 2003): Despite only being a Blue Rock for two games at the end of the regular season and the playoffs in 1998 (he was up from rookie level Spokane), he was named the MVP of the Mills Cup Championship.
  • Salvador Perez (2010): Perez led the Carolina League in caught stealing percentage (.420) and fielding percentage (.993) in 85 games behind the plate. He hit .290 with 21 doubles and 53 RBIs.
  • Cam Gallagher (2014-2015): Gallagher led the Carolina League in caught stealing percentage (.400) in 2014, while also leading in fielding percentage (.991) in 89 games behind the plate. He walked 65 times compared to 72 strikeouts in his two seasons in Wilmington.

 

 

In the comments section, let me know your choice and maybe why you chose that player (yes I cannot figure out how to place a poll in the text). Voting will continue until about the second week in March.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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2 Responses to Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team catching candidates

  1. Mark Jordan says:

    Sal Fasano. I chose him because I had season tickets that year and enjoyed watching him play.

  2. Jen Nevius says:

    Thanks for voting Mark! I didn’t get to see him play in Wilmington, but I did get to meet him when he was managing in the Blue Jays farm system. Great guy.

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