Monday, May 20, 2013

Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week: 2010 Topps Pro Debut #141 Sean Ratliff

It's Minor League Monday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2010 Topps Pro Debut #141.
  • Player Name, position, team: Sean Ratliff, outfielder, Savannah Sand Gnats.
  • Level-League, Team Affiliation: A-South Atlantic League, New York Mets.
  • Minor League Stats (stats with team depicted only): 122 G, 468 AB, 64 R, 124 H, 28 2B, 7 3B, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 11 SB, 31 BB, 131 SO, .451 SLG, .312 OPS, .265 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Mets #4th, June 2008. Bats: left. Throws: left.
  • Major League Debut: n/a.
  • Baseball America Organizational Ranking After Season with Team: New York Mets #22 prospect after the 2009 season.
  • Blurb on the back: "Sean was drafted by the Mets in 2008 out of Stanford, where he led the team in home runs and RBI. The strapping, powerful outfielder was assigned to short-season Brooklyn. He blasted nine doubles and seven home runs in 59 games, then moved up a notch in '09 to become a South Atlantic League All-Star."
  • Official Topps Rookie Card: n/a.
  • Commentary: Sean M. Ratliff was one of the Mets' more promising prospects, and one that had the potential to be a future slugger and run producer. In three minor league seasons, a journey that began with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2008, continued with Savannah (the team he is pictured with on his card), and then the FSL St. Lucie Mets and AA Binghamton Mets, Ratliff hit for an impressive .274 average with 43 home runs and 176 rbi's. Defensively, he committed only 14 errors in 642 chances (.977 fielding percentage), had 19 assists and participated in 6 double plays. His was on the quick path to the majors until he was struck in the face by a foul ball during a spring training game (a freak accident as he was standing on deck when the ball came towards him), breaking six bones. The injury ended his 2011 season. Although he managed to make a comeback, appearing in 7 games for the St. Lucie Mets, after hitting .136 (3-22) with a double, Sean Ratliff retired from the game as an active player on April 22, 2012.
Next week's featured card will be: 2012 Topps Pro Debut #141. Post will arrive at 9:00 AM CST. Hope you enjoyed this week's installment of Minor League Monday.


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