Thursday, April 21, 2011

Auto Collection: Joe Thurston Diamond King

I remember Joe Thurston as being a very promising ballplayer when the Dodgers had him in their farm system some 10+ years ago. He was drafted by the team in the 4th round in 1999 and went on to become the organizations "Minor League Player of the Year" and California League All Star at short stop in 2000. He would continue to impress as he went up the ladder. In 2002 he again claimed the Dodgers "Minor League Player of the Year" honors, as well as, Baseball America's AAA "Player of the Year." A call-up was just around the corner.

Unfortunately, his stay was underwhelming. He was eventually shipped off to New York as part of a conditional deal. From there he has bounced around from the Phillies, Nationals, Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves and Marlins- where he is currently a part of their AAA team.

Here is a 2004 Donruss Diamond Kings autographed card from my collection.

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