Komminsk was the Braves' greatest disappointment of the 1980s. A first-round pick in June 1979, he homered in his first pro at-bat and reached double figures in homers for four consecutive minor-league seasons. But he hit just .227 with four homers while spending all of 1985 with Atlanta.
The Braves gave up on Komminsk in 1987, sending him to Milwaukee for Dion James. He resurfaced with the 1989 Indians, hitting .237 but driving in 33 runs in 198 at-bats. After struggling through two more seasons with the Giants, Angels, and Athletics, Komminsk's once-promising career ended at age 30 after eight major-league seasons. (JCA/AF)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 6, 1979: The Mariners make OF Al Chambers the number-one pick in the free-agent draft, but his big league career will last just 57 games. The Mets take UCLA P Tim Leary with the 2nd pick. The Blue Jays, picking 3rd, take high school C Jay Schroeder, who will play football for UCLA and will be drafted #1 in 1984 by the Colts, but will never catch in the ML. Kansas City picks football players on the 4th (Dan Marino) and the 17th (John Elway) rounds. Brad Komminsk (Braves) is the 4th pick, SS Juan Bustabad (A's) is 5th, with Andy Van Slyke (Cards) 6th. Bustabad is one of 13 of 16 picks who will not sign with the A's, but he does sign with the Red Sox, who will pick him #1 in the 1980 January draft. The Dodgers pick Orel Hershiser in the 17th round and the Yankees take Don Mattingly in the 19th round. Brett Butler goes to the Braves in the 23rd. The Reds take prep infielder Daniel Lamar in round one, then get slightly better results in the second round with Bob Buchanan and Keefe Cato.