With the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft set for tonight, I thought I’d highlight the card of a former Padres draft pick. Twenty-four years ago, the San Diego Padres selected pitcher Andy Benes #1 overall in the 1988 Amateur Draft from the University of Evansville.
Andy spent 6 1/2 years with the Padres before getting traded in 1995 to the Mariners for Marc Newfield and Ron Villone. He would go on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks. He was a pretty decent pitcher, but didn’t live up to the expectations of a #1 overall pick. For his career, he is 155-139 with a 3.97 ERA. He was 69-75 with the Padres, but remember, he played for some really bad teams (the fire-sale era).
Here’s my favorite Andy Benes moment. I can’t remember the year, it was probably 1995. The Padres were facing the Braves at Jack Murphy Stadium and Deion Sanders was at bat. This was shortly after the 1994 Super Bowl, when Sanders and the 49ers embarrassed the San Diego Chargers. Needless to say, Neon Deion was not a very popular player at the Murph. Anyhow, first pitch, Sanders shows bunt. I remember the TBS telecast showed a closup of Mr. Benes he seemed a bit perturbed by the bunt attempt. Next pitch went straight for Neon Deion’s legs, making him fall to the dirt. A little something for the home crowd to cheer about.
Want to feel just a bit older? Andy’s 23 year old son, Drew Benes, is currently playing for the Class-A Palm Beach Cardinals.