Today we look at outfielders for the Wilmington Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team. This was a tough position to break down because there were so many good outfielders to play in Wilmington, so many who also played multiple seasons there, and a few who went on to have successful Major League careers (and maybe were not great in Wilmington). Unlike the earlier positions, when voting, you can choose four from the below list. Remember to vote in the comments section.
- Raul Gonzalez (1993-1995): A Carolina League All-Star in both 1993 and 1995, “Rauuullll” is in the top four in Blue Rocks history in many career offensive categories, like games played (328 which ranks fourth), at-bats (1183 which ranks second), runs scored (155 which ranks second), triples (14 which ranks second), home runs (31 which ranks third), and RBIs (155 which ranks second). Gonzalez is the all-time career leader in hits (322) and doubles (68).
- Johnny Damon (1994): He hit .316, which is the third highest batting average for a Blue Rock in a single season. Damon also hit 13 triples and scored 96 runs, which are still the most in a single season. He was Player of the Month in May of 1994 and had his number 18 jersey retired in Wilmington in 2014 (one of three former Blue Rocks).
- Mike Evans (1995-1997): He is second all-time in homers (35) and walks (137).
- Donovan Delaney (1995-1996): His 385 games played is most all-time in a Blue Rocks uniform (he came back as a pitcher in 1999). Delaney is the Blue Rocks all-time leader in triples with 15. He is third all-time in at-bats (1180) and RBIs (137). Delaney is fourth all-time in hits (297).
- Mark Quinn (1997): He hit .308 in 87 games with 22 doubles, 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, and 71 RBIs. Quinn walked 42 times compared to 47 strikeouts and was a Carolina League All-Star.
- Carlos Beltran (1997-1998): He hit .276 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 32 runs scored, and 32 RBIs in 52 games, making him a Carolina League All-Star in 1998.
- Dee Brown (1998-1999): Brown was Topps Player of the Month for April of 1999 and he was a Carolina League All-Star, hitting .308 in 61 games with 13 homers, 46 RBIs, and 20 stole bases. Brown was a big league September callup in 1998 from Wilmington.
- Brandon Berger (1998-2000): His 331 games played in Wilmington is third most all-time. Berger is first all-time in runs scored (189), homers (39), RBIs (194), and walks (138). He ranks second all-time for hits (315) and doubles (63).
- Marco Cunningham (2001-2002): He played in 138 games in 2001, most in a single season. Cunningham was hit by a pitch 19 times in 2001, which led the Carolina League and is still tops all-time. He hit .284 in 2001 with 22 doubles, 82 runs scored, and 61 RBIs, while walking 95 times (which is second most in a single season).
- Jacoby Ellsbury (2006): He hit .299 with 25 stolen bases in 61 games and was a Carolina League All-Star.
- Derrick Robinson (2007-2009): His 69 stolen bases in 2009 led the Carolina League and is tops in a single season (he also stole 62 bases in 2008, which is second most in a single season). Robinson’s 132 career stole bases as a Blue Rock is tops all-time. In two full seasons in Wilmington (2008-2009), he hit 41 doubles, 13 triples, and scored 141 runs.
*Tomorrow, voting begins for the Blue Rocks 25th Anniversary team utility fielder.