Brooks Kieschnick’s career can be summed up thusly: He’s an outfielder! No, he’s a pinch-hitter! No, he’s a minor leaguer! No, he’s a pitcher! No, he sucks at everything!
“That fastball was so hittable, I’m surprised I didn’t throw it.”
Kieschnick was taken by the Cubs in the FIRST ROUND of the 1993 draft as an outfielder. It didn’t work out too well. Kieshnick put up meager numbers in 1997 as a backup outfielder. So Kieshnick bounced around in the minors in the late 90’s, briefly appearing with the Colorado Rockies and then finally establishing himself as a
circus act outfielder/pinch hitter/relief pitcher with the 2003 Milwaukee Brewers.
He sucked in those roles, as well, and loses extra points for giving Chip Caray something “novel” to talk about.
Low Point: May 15, 2003. The Cubs are up in Milwaukee facing the Brewers. Kieschnick pinch hits in the 15th inning of a 2-2 game and gets a hit. That is the highlight of his night. Kieschnick gives up a 2-run homer to Corey Patterson in the top of the 17th, giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Kieschnick then strikes out swinging in the bottom of the 17th to end the game. Brewers lose 4-2. Hey, thanks at least for not having your low point in a Cubs uniform.
Did You Know? Kieschnick is the only player to have won the Dick Howser trophy twice, and he’s an inaugural member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Too bad for Brooks we’re not doing a “High Point” category.