There are a few players in the minors that I have my fingers crossed for. One of which is Chris Lubanski. Lubanski was drafted in 2003, fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals. In what I consider one of the weakest drafts in recent history Lubanski along with Kyle Sleeth, and Ryan Harvey are 3 of the top six that never appeared in a major league baseball game.
Sleeth has been retired since 2007 and Harvey (now on his second organization) will more than likely never see the majors. Lubanski though, has a legitimate shot of cracking a major league roster this season. Chris is on his second organization (Toronto) and is currently in Las Vegas (AAA). He had always had a problem hitting AAA pitching, but something clicked this season and he is hitting really well. So far through this season he is hitting 0.306/11/28, he still has a problem with strikeouts (1 in every 4 at bats), but he is finally making strides in his progression to the majors.
Lubanski has a cult like following when he was with the Royals and continues to be a fan favorite in Las Vegas. Will he be a star in the pros? Probably not, but you have to respect someone who keeps going even when most “experts” were telling him to hang it up. I hope he gets the call this season, even if it’s just for a week, I think he deserves it. There was only one auction for an autographed card and it is pictured below. Recently most of his cards have sold for around a dollar. There are some lunatics out there that are charging ridiculous fees for some of his other cards <link>. I’ve been on the lookout for an autographed x-fractor for lower than $10, if you see one or have one please let me know. Chime in Lubanski fans!