June 19, 2021

The Kid, that swing and phenoms’ feats (ESPN)


This was supposed to be opening week, the time when MLB fans everywhere look forward to making a season’s worth of memories. Since we won’t have games to get excited about for a while, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane by reliving some of our personal favorite baseball moments.

In the third of our weeklong series focusing on a different baseball theme each day, we asked our MLB reporters to tell us about the best prospect they ever saw, with only one rule: They had to have seen them in person.

Jump to …
The Kid | From the opposing dugout

Stras or Trout ? | Encountering Trout
Mauer’s swing | Kershaw … in church
Price was right | Sold on Soler
Ace on the Cape | Going old school


Tim Kurkjian: A first look at The Kid

The day he was drafted out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati by the Mariners with the No. 1 overall pick in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was as close to a guaranteed star as the draft had ever seen. His swing was fundamentally perfect, he could run, he had a great arm and he glided through the outfield.

“All the Mariner draft picks came to work out at the Kingdome, you know, so they could see where they all wanted to…

Read “The Kid, that swing and phenoms’ feats” at ESPN