In 1985, the best high school baseball player was a power hitting catcher by the name of Kurt Brown. In 1985 he put up monster numbers for his Glendora, CA high school. Of course using a metal bat, his numbers were 0.500 batting average, 13 home runs and 42 runs batted in. These numbers made him the fifth overall pick in the 1985 draft.
He made it all the way to Vancouver the AAA affiliate of the White Sox. It took him six years to get there, his prolific power never translated to professional baseball. He was a 0.243 career minor league hitter and in 7 overall seasons in the minors he managed to put up just 23 home runs, which is probably why he never ended up in the majors.
It wasn’t until 1989 that Topps put together a first round draft pick card. His would have been part of the 1986 set. So I thought I would put together a 1986 Topps card for him. I haven’t created a template yet for the back but I will. If anyone out there knows anything else about Kurt, I would love to find out more.