#WNSTSweet16 Orioles Who Didn’t Live Up To The Hype

February 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

2. Jeffrey Hammonds

The Stanford product was the fourth overall selection of the 1992 draft and considered a rare five-tool player with the unlimited potential to be the next great Oriole.

After ascending to the majors in a little over a year after being drafted, Hammonds electrified Camden Yards with an RBI single in his first major league at-bat and homered in his first start the next night, but a neck injury would end his rookie 1993 season prematurely. Unfortunately, physical ailments would continue for Hammonds as he would flash his talents but only played more than 71 games in a season once for the Orioles when he hit 21 home runs in 118 games during the 1997 campaign.

Hammonds would be traded in 1998 and have an All-Star season for Colorado in 2000, but poor health limited his potential to be a great all-around player as he finished his run in Baltimore with a .264 average in 1,349 at-bats over six seasons. And the injuries would continue throughout his career as he’d finish with just 110 career homers in 13 years.

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