Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We Barely Knew Ya...Brook Jacoby

Brook Jacoby was once a pretty highly touted prospect in the Braves minor league system. Guys who play corner infield positions, hit .296 with 40 doubles, 19 homers and 108 RBI and then follow that up with a season of .292 with 28 doubles, 24 homers and 82 RBI will tend to get noticed, after all. So the excitement was certainly high when Brook received his call-up to the majors in September of 1981. And after getting pinch-hits in his first two at-bats (including a pinch-hit RBI single in his first AB), things must have looked pretty easy for the son of former minor league pitcher Brook Jacoby Sr.

Jacoby would find his way into the line-up a few more times that 1981 season, getting six more plate appearances as a pinch-hitter and two more at-bats as a defensive replacement. He would go hitless in those final eight at-bats of the season.

Brook played for AAA Richmond in 1982, and was once again impressive at the plate: hitting .299 with 21 doubles, 18 homers, and 58 RBI. He would return to Richmond for the 1983 season, significantly improving upon his numbers: .315, 32 doubles, 25 homers and 100 RBI. Once again, he was rewarded with a September call-up to Atlanta. And while he did get two pinch-hit appearances, he also got his first two major league starts (against the Dodgers on September 3 and 4)- going hitless in all eight at-bats.

15 games, 2-18 (.111), 1 RBI, 1 sac.

He Gone!
Traded to Cleveland on October 21, 1983 to complete an earlier trade for P Len Barker. OF Brett Butler and P Rick Behenna were also included in the deal, which is often viewed as one of the worst in team history.

Braves Cardboard:
No officially licensed major league cards as a member of Braves. However, did appear on the '84 Donruss card in Atlanta hat and uniform. Did appear in some minor league TCMA products with Richmond.

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