Wednesday, November 22, 2017

More than You Ever Needed to Know about Chance Caple & Jason Jennings!

Over the past few weeks, I've been busy preparing for my Season of Giving card giveaway.  As such, I haven't had a lot of time to set up actual trades where both parties agree to send certain items.  Luckily for me, there are other people out there who also like to sometimes send packages "just because."  Adam, from Infield Fly Rule, is one such person.

About a week or so ago, Adam dropped a small PWE in the mail for me which contained a single card from my want list

That's a draft picks card featuring Chance Caple and Jason Jennings (of the Cardinals and Rockies respectively).  Jenning had himself a decent MLB career, but I don't think Chance Caple ever amounted to much (I had never heard of him).  My suspicions were proved correct thanks to Baseball Reference.  On there, I learned that Caple had a 10-15 win-loss record, all in Single A minor league ball.  He compiled a 4.89 ERA across 57 games (54 of which he started).

Jennings, on the other hand, had a 9 year career in MLB finishing with a 62-74 record and a 4.95 ERA. 

I find it interesting that Jennings actually had a higher career ERA than Caple (of course, that's not a fair comparison since I'm looking at Jenning's MLB numbers as compared to Caple's MiLB numbers).  Looking at Jenning's minor league numbers, he was only 20-23 with a 3.83 ERA.  Better than Caple's to be sure, but certainly not world beating statistics! 

If nothing else, it goes to show that it's not only how good of a player you are, but also how lucky you are (right time, right place, etc.) for a player to become a Major League ballplayer. 

As for me, this was definitely the right time and right place for Adam to send me the card - it was one of the remaining 2000 Topps cards that I needed! 

Thanks for the trade, Adam.  And, as always, should anyone else want to send me cards - check out my want list and make an offer!


Bru said...

Don't forget Jennings won NL ROY in 2002.

Adam Kaningher said...

Don't forget that Jennings pitched at Coors for most of his career. That will elevate anyone's stats, even if he mostly pitched in the post-humidor era.

We like things high in Colorado.

Thanks for your Season of Giving package! One Topps base card is hardly enough to compensate for all those goodies.

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