|HAD THE MAKINGS OF A STAFF ACE.|
|ALAS, ELBOW INJURIES CURTAILED A PROMISING CAREER.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Cal Eldred was a first-round pick by the Brewers (17th overall) in 1989 and considered a future ace. He showed glimpses of becoming that stopper but a balky elbow eventually short-circuited those plans and turned him into a reliever. He pitched 14 years for three teams, compiling an 86-74 record and 4.42 ERA.
- In his rookie season in '92, Eldred threw his first shutout, dominating the Angels 3-0 on Sept. 23. He allowed four hits, striking out four, outdueling #46 Jim Abbott, who also went the distance.
- Eldred made a major-league-leading 36 starts in his first full season in '93 at age 25, winning 16 games with a 4.01 ERA. He also pitched an AL-leading 258 innings.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- The Mets originally selected Eldred out of high school in the 26th round of the '86 draft.
- Turned down the offer and signed a scholarship to pitch for the University of Iowa, where he stayed until the Brewers selected him after his junior year.
- Made 14 starts in '92 with the Brewers, going 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA, finishing fourth for AL Rookie of the Year.
- Experienced his first elbow trouble in '95, undergoing Tommy John surgery after four starts.
- Was 10-2 for the White Sox at the '00 All-Star break before hurting his elbow again and started only three more games the rest of his career.