Born: Apr 2, 1964
Pete Incaviglia rocketed straight from college ranks to the big leagues, tied a team record for home runs in his rookie season - and saw his career go straight downhill shortly thereafter. "Inky" was the prospect everyone wanted; the Oklahoma State slugger was Baseball America's NCAA College Player of the Year in 1985. The Montreal Expos drafted Incaviglia in the first round, but he refused to sign and forced a trade to the Texas Rangers.
He made the Rangers as a starter without any minor league experience. Incaviglia hit 30 homers as a rookie in 1986, but he struck out an American League-high 185 times (four short of the major league record), and tied outfielders for the league lead in errors. Despite his deficiencies, some thought he was the next great power hitter.
They were wrong. Incaviglia's home run totals steadily declined, while his strikeout totals remained prodigious. In March 1991 the Rangers released him and he signed with Detroit.
He bounced to Houston and Philadephia before going to play for the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League in 1995. Incaviglia hit a meager .181 in Japan, but returned to the Phillies the following year and helped the team claim the National League pennant. Strictly a part-time player, he was traded to Baltimore in August 1996 along with Todd Zeile. When the Orioles released him in July 1997, he signed with the Yankees. That year Incaviglia finally appeared in the minors, playing three games for the Yankees' Columbus farm team. He split 1998 between Detroit and Houston, and pinch-hit for the Astros in the Division Series.