Joe Thurston rose up quickly through the Dodgers farm system. In 2001, he was a top-10 Dodgers prospect, and looked to have a bright future as a second baseman. Heck, in 2002 he earned the Dodgers' Minor League Player of the Year Award and Baseball America's AAA Player of the Year honors. Unfortunately, that season would prove to be the peak of his minor league career.
His stats continued to dip, and he was eventually traded to the Yankees in 2005. From there, Thurston has bounced around. In 2008, he finally garnered some significant playing time as a utility infielder for the Cardinals, but failed to stick with them long-term. Today, I am unsure if he is currently playing ball.
Featured here area couple of 2003 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials autographed cards of Joe Thurston- in the Gold and Red parallel versions.
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