Are We Not Stars?: 1993 Topps Future Stars Of The Florida Marlins

…Answering the age-old question, “Who are these guys?”

I recently scanned through my 1993 Marlins and Rockies, and thought these rookie cards would be an interesting “Are We Not Stars?” sidetrip.  For reasons that will become apparent, I’m going to triple-up on these cards.
1993 Topps Veneziale Kendrena

Mike Veneziale

Drafted by the Marlins in the 12th round of the 1992 draft.  Pitched 7 games and 28 innings in the Gulf Coast League in 1992.  That’s the entirety of his professional career, all before this card even came out.  Ouch.  It makes one wonder what happened.  Injury?  Realized he was overmatched?  Gunned down by a mysterious woman?

Ken Kendrena

Drafted in the 28th round of the 1992 draft.  Pitched 5 seasons,  mainly as a reliever, in the Marlins and Expos systems.  He made it to AA, playing with the Portland Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators.

1993 Topps Leahy Baugh

Pat Leahy

Drafted out of Notre Dame in the 6th round of the 1992 draft.  Pitched for 5 seasons, including one in an independent league.  Peaked at AA with the Sea Dogs.

Gavin Baugh

Drafted in the 17th round of the 1992 draft.  Played 5 years, primarily at third base, and peaked in High-A.  If nothing else, this is a card that Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown might want to get for his Gavin collection (if he doesn’t have it already…)

1993 Topps Petersen brown

Matt Petersen

Drafted by the Marlins in the 29th round of the 1992 draft.  Pitched for four seasons, reaching AA with the Sea Dogs and the Orlando Cubs.

Willie Brown

Fourth round draft pick of the Marlins in 1992.  Played four seasons, reached the Hi-A Brevard County Manatees.

Closest To Being A Star

Whenever I do an “Are We Not Stars?” post, I always select one player as the best of the bunch, but what do I do with six players who never made it past AA?  Baseball can be a cruel game, let’s hope we have better luck with the Rockies…

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3 thoughts on “Are We Not Stars?: 1993 Topps Future Stars Of The Florida Marlins

  1. Nothing to say about the guys so I’ll mention that I like the first card since the photo seems to have been taken in the forest in November, or February. And the Pat Leahy which was either taken at Walmart studio or by crashing some high school photo day.

  2. Ah, yes, Gavin Baugh.. a charter Greatest Gavins member, in fact! I wanted to get another copy of this card to give to my mom as a funny 12 cent stocking stuffer, but Just Commons was out out of it last time I ordered. Her name is Pat (Patricia), so I thought it was neat a guy named Gavin shares a card with guy named Pat.

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