This date in Kernels alumni history – November 17, 1992 – MLB Expansion Draft
The 1992 MLB Expansion Draft was held in New York City on November 17, 1992 to supply players to the Florida Marlins and the Colorado Rockies for their Major League rosters for the upcoming 1993 season. David Nied was selected by the Rockies and Nigel Wilson was the Marlins first pick. Four Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball alumni were selected during the three rounds of the expansion draft. The Marlins selected Trevor Hoffman and the Rockies selected Freddie Benavides, Butch Henry and Mo Sanford.
Trevor Hoffman (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) was selected by the Marlins with 8th pick in the draft. He went 2-2 with 2 saves and a 3.28 ERA before being traded to the San Diego Padres in the Gary Sheffield deal midseason. Trevor Hoffman retired following the 2010 season after setting the MLB record 601 career saves. Hoffman posted a 61-75 record with a 2.87 ERA during his 18 year MLB career playing for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers. He struck out 1133 batters in 1089 1/3 innings of work in his 1035 games. The seven time MLB All-Star led the National League in saves twice and finished second in the Cy Young voting twice in his career.
Trevor Hoffman was 1-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 12 saves finishing 25 games for the 1991 Cedar Rapids Reds in his first season converting from shortstop to a pitcher. Hoffman struck out 52 batters in 33 2/3 innings of work prior to being promoted to Chattanooga. The Cedar Rapids Reds finished 66-74 under manager Frank Funk.
Freddie Benavides (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987-88) was selected by the Rockies with the 1st pick of the second round, 27th overall in the expansion draft. Benavides hit .253 with 4 HR and 52 RBI during his four year MLB career playing for the Reds, Rockies and Expos.
Freddie Benavides was a member of the 1987 and 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds teams. The team finished 1987 with a 70-70 mark in 1987. In 1988, Cedar Rapids finished the regular season with a 87-53 record before defeating Springfield and Kenosha en route to the Midwest League Championship. Benavides hit .133 in five games in 1987 before returning in 1988 to hit .223 with 1 HR in 88 games for Cedar Rapids.
Butch Henry (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1988) was selected by the Rockies in the second round, 35th overall in the expansion draft. Henry posted a 33-33 record with 7 saves and a 3.83 ERA during his 7 year MLB career pitching for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.
Butch Henry was a member of the 1988 Midwest League Champion Cedar Rapids Reds squad. Henry posted a 16-2 mark with a ERA of 2.26 while striking out 163 in 27 starts for the Reds.
Mo Sanford (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) was selected by the Rockies in the third round, 61st overall in the expansion draft. Sanford posted a 2-4 record with a 4.81 ERA during his 3 season MLB career pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins.
Mo Sanford was a member of the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad that finished 88-46 under manager Dave Miley. Sanford posted a 13-4 mark with a ERA of 2.74 while striking out 180 batters in 157 2/3 innings of work for the Reds.