Minor League Baseball does it’s Moniker Madness every year, and it is always a great follow, but it just ranks names and never takes into account the position they play. So I have decided to put together my five man pitching staff, a full infield, and outfield, and even a utility guy based solely on quality or unique names in the minors. There are a few players that were drafted last year and got some time in short-season ball but have not yet played this season, they are included based on the assumption they will make a short-season team again this season.
Jose Jose – Jose (you choose whether I am referring to his first name or last name) is a pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization who spent 2013 between three different levels, topping out at Low-A South Bend. He is a decent reliever, having pitched the final out in 32 of the 80 games he has appeared in during his three year minor league career.
Buck Farmer – I don’t even know where to begin with Farmer’s name, except it is somewhere between a broadcaster’s dream and nightmare. While accidentally using the first letter of his last name to begin his first name could land a broadcaster without a job, the amount of puns available are endless. Farmer was drafted three times (2009, 20112, & 2013) before finally signing with the Detroit Tigers after being taken in the fifth round this past June. He started 11 games and struck out more than a batter an inning in the New York-Penn League.
Dakota Dill - This 26th round pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2013 found himself in 18 games, all in relief, in the Appy league and struck out 10.7 batters per nine. He transferred from the University of Houston to Sul Ross University after his sophomore year before being drafted by the Braves.
Bud Jeter – With Bud Selig and Derek Jeter both taking their farewell tours this season, it just makes sense to include a guy that combines both their names. After being selected in the 25th round of last year’s draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he made appearances at three different levels of the minors, topping out in the Midwest League. His ERA last season was 6.00, but that came in large part due to back-to-back rough outings in which he gave up a combined 10 runs in just three innings.
Deiyerbert Bolivar – Bolivar was signed by the San Francisco Giants out of Venezuela as a 17-year old this international signing period. That is all I know about him, well that and Deiyerbert is a fun name to try and say.
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