Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Time: 7 Days
Item Sent: 1994 Classic Kane County Cougars
Item Received: 1994 Classic Kane County Cougars, signed in black Sharpie.
I enjoy collecting autographs of former Twins minor league players, and this one is as obscure as it gets. Prater was a 10th round draft pick of the Twins in 1990. He played one game for the GCL Twins that year. His pro record is blank from then until two years later, when he began a four year stint in the Marlins organization. After receiving my letter, he responded with an e-mail where he explained that after he signed with the Twins out of high school, he realized he had made a mistake, so he returned his signing money and enrolled in junior college. He now runs a company in Austin, Texas called Baseball Solutions, which sponsors select summer and fall teams for high school players. One of his alumni is White Sox star John Danks. (Grrr...)