Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Forgotten Faces- Chris Seelbach


In 1992, Topps released the Topps Stadium Club Dome Factory Baseball Set , the design of which mirrored its 1991 debut release. Known for its key Rookie Cards, including Manny Ramirez, Jason Giambi, and Shawn Green, the set also included some pretty cool cards featuring highlights from the 1991 post season. Included in the set was a Braves 1991 Draft Pick by the name of Chris Seelbach. Drafted in the 4th round (#101 overall), Seelbach was a big right-hander out of Texas whose arsenal included a sinker, slider, and curveball with a decent changeup. Baseball America had listed Seelbach as the Braves #8 Prospect in 1993, two spots ahead of a certain Jason Schmidt- but Seelbach would never again make the Braves top ten prospects list . In fact, it would be the beginning of a new millenium before he made his big league debut, when he appeared in two games for the Braves during the 2000 season. Seelbach would get his only major league decision that year, a loss to Montreal on September 9, and would then appear in only one other game that season-again, against the Expos. His final stats for the season would be 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA. The next year, Seelbach would appear in 5 games with the big league club, posting a 7.88 ERA over 8 innings. After that 2001 season, Atlanta gave him his release and he would not play for any other major league organizations again (although, from 1996-1999 Seelbach did play for the Marlins and Mariners organizations). Seelbach would finish his professional baseball career playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League during the 2002 & 2003 season.


Card Pictured: 1992 Topps Stadium Club Dome Set #167
Other Cards: 1992 Upper Deck Minor League Prospects #94

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