Friday, April 28, 2006

Phil Hiatt

Like Crash Davis, the fictional character played by actor Kevin Costner in the movie Bull Durham, Phillip Farrell Hiatt belted home runs by the bushels in minor league parks throughout the country without much fanfare or adulation.

In all, Hiatt hit 314 four-baggers during his 14-year minor league career while playing for 11 teams in six different leagues.

Hiatt, however, is not the minor league's home run king. That distinction goes to Hector Espino who slugged 484 four-baggers during his long and productive minor league career.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Hiatt was born on May 1, 1969. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round of the 1990 amateur draft and played sporadically with the big league club in 1993 and 1994. Hiatt also played briefly with the Detroit Tigers in 1996, before making his last big league appearance with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001.

Hiatt displayed some power in the major leagues as well, slugging 13 dingers in 422 career at bats. However, he struggled to make consistent contact in the "show."


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