Twins Birthdays--May 12
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Vic Albury (1947)
Evan Meek (1983)
Left-hander Victor Albury pitched for the Twins from 1973-1976. Born and raised in Key West, Albury was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in 1965. He was a first baseman then, and spent a year at Class A Dubuque hitting .233. He then went into the military for three years, and when he came back he was a pitcher. Somewhere along the line, Cleveland transferred his rights to the Cubs. He pitched for them in Class A in 1969 and did well, posting an ERA of 2.32. Despite that, the Cubs transferred him to San Diego, for whom he had a bad year split between Class A and AAA. Minnesota selected him in November of 1970 in the minor league draft. He had a tremendous year at AA Charlotte in 1971, going 12-7, 1.72 with a WHIP of 1.20. The next year, he was mostly injured, pitching only 18 innings at AAA Tacoma. He came back in 1973, put up an ERA of 3.99 at Tacoma, and was promoted to the Twins in August, pitching out of the bullpen the rest of the season. He was with Minnesota for the next three seasons. He started the 1974 season in the bullpen, went into the starting rotation for about three months, then went back to the bullpen again. He was much better as a starter, going 7-9, 3.77, so he started 1975 in the rotation again. He didn’t do all that badly, but the Twins had no patience with him, and switched him back to the bullpen in late May. This time, he did quite a bit better as a reliever, going 3-0, 3.00 in that role. In 1976 he was a full-time reliever, going 3-1, 3.58 in 50.1 innings, although with a WHIP of 1.49. The Twins decided that was not good enough and he spent 1977 pitching in AAA for the Yankees. He did poorly there, was out of baseball in 1978, then tried to come back with AAA Tacoma, by then in the Cleveland organization, in 1979. He did poorly there, too, and his playing career came to an end. In his major league career, all of which came with Minnesota, he was 18-17, 4.11 in 372.2 innings. He appeared in 101 games, 37 of them starts. Albury stayed in baseball for a while, coaching in the Indians organization at Waterloo in 1983. There’s a Vic Albury who was born in Key West and is now living in Tampa; while you wouldn’t think there’d be a ton of them, it could not be verified that he is the same one.
Right-hander Evan David Meek did not pitch for the Twins, but was drafted by them. He was born in Bellevue, Washington, went to high school in Kenmore, Washington, and was drafted by Minnesota in the 11th round in 2002. He had an outstanding season at Elizabethton in 2003, going 7-1, 2.47 with a 1.12 WHIP. He followed that with two outstandingly bad seasons at Elizabethton, Quad Cities, and Beloit, and the Twins released him in June of 2005. He signed with San Diego in September and was in Class A for them for most of 2006 before being traded to Tampa Bay in late August. Meek did somewhat better in AA in 2007 and was chosen by Pittsburgh that winter in the Rule 5 draft. He began the year in Pittsburgh, but the Pirates then purchased him from Tampa Bay and sent him to AA Altoona. He pitched very well both there and in AAA Indianapolis. What seems to have changed the most is that Meek learned how to throw strikes, which he had not done most of his time in the Twins’ organization. He was in the Pirates’ bullpen for most of 2009 and pitched quite well, posting a 3.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP although in only 47 innings over 41 appearances. He did even better in 2010, his first full season in the majors, going 5-4, 2.14, 1.05 WHIP in 80 innings over 70 appearances and making the all-star team. He was injured much of 2011, making only 20 appearances, and his control problems returned when he was able to pitch. He spent most of 2012 in AAA when healthy, and while he did not give up a lot of hits he continued to struggle to throw strikes. A free agent after the 2012 season, he signed with Texas and is currently pitching for AAA Round Rock. He turns 30 today. Unless he can regain his control, it seems unlikely he’ll ever do much more in the major leagues.