Of the thousand prospects throughout baseball’s minor league systems, one of them stands out more because of his name than his high ceiling. Unlike the two dozen players whose names are familiar because of their dads or grandfathers, this particular outfielder needs both his first and last name in order to make history.
St. Louis prospect Blake Drake, if he keeps rising through the ranks, will become one of a few Major League Baseball players to have a first name that rhymes with his last. The California native had a great 2014 at rookie level Johnson City of the Appalachian League, where he hit six home runs and batted .287. He advanced one level to Peoria to start last season, and then earned a move up to Palm Beach midway through 2015.
In a few years, Cardinals fans may very well see him playing in Busch Stadium. If so, they should have a lot of fun chanting his name when he steps to the plate. His two-syllable rhyming name has more of a ring to it than most, even some of the more famous ones on the following list.
Here are ten one-time or current Major League players whose first name rhymes with the last.
This switch-hitting first baseman played from 1921-1932 with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. Mainly because of his outstanding defense, baseball historian Bill James ranked Lu Blue the 77th greatest first baseman of all time.
A pitcher during the late 1800s, Bill Hill played for big league teams in Cleveland, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, and Louisville.
This easy to pronounce centerfielder was a member of the very first Montreal Expos team, which joined the National League in 1969. Later, Hahn joined the New York Mets, where he helped his club win the 1973 pennant.
Since he lasted just one season in the big leagues, it would be fairly appropriate to say that, after pitching two innings with the 1964 Milwaukee Braves, John Braun was gone from the big stage.
Standing at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 225 pounds, this winner of 74 big league games was certainly bigger than the two syllables in his names. He divided his ten year career, which started with the Cardinals in 1991, among the White Sox, Mets, Indians, and Rangers.
This seven year veteran had the unusual role of catcher and right fielder, two positions he played for the Reds, Cardinals, Orioles, Senators and Indians starting in 1957.
A pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1940-46, Ed Head finished with a respectable 3.48 earned run average and a record of over .500.
Ironically, Legg was known more for his arm, finishing his career with no stolen bases and over a dozen assists. The middle infielder’s two seasons were spent with the 1986-1987 Phillies.
This pitcher took the mound in the late 30s and early 40s for two different teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers.