With our third selection of the ULB’s First Ten, we’ve selected the best Second Baseman from the first ten years of the ULB’s history. This one was a pretty easy selection.
Second Base : Mike Peeples (San Antonio Wolves 1997-1999, San Antonio DireWolves 2000-2003, San Juan Storm 2004)
Peeples led all Second basemen in nearly every hitting category of note. The young 20 year old Peeples debuted in 1997, and has never looked back. The 5th overall pick in the inaugural draft, Peeples came to the San Antonio Franchise straight out of Clay High School in Green Grove Springs, Florida. The 6 time All Star was also named the Federal League MVP in 2003 after hitting .320 with 47 home runs and a league record 179 runs batted in. He is also among the elite fielders in the league, and was named a Fielding Bible award winner in 2000.
Peeples current General Manager, Wally Tims, is clearly enamored with his star player.
“What can you say about this guy? Well Mike has a combination of Power (Averaged 41 Doubles and 35 Homers) and Speed (averaged 22 Stolen Bases) over his ULB career. Mike has also been an asset on the field with good defensive skills especially at his second base position. During his career he has been and still is a force to be feared by his opponents.”
Peeples was the clear winner at second base, and will likely continue to be a ‘force to be feared’ for the future. He led the Storm to the Union Cup in 2004, and could very well collect more moments with the Cup before his career is over.