Sunday, July 24, 2011

Player Profile: Max Aleys

I have one card of Max Aleys, from 1991 Classic Best.

Playing career: Max Aleys made his professional debut with the Everett Giants and excelled, going 5-5 with a 3.09 ERA and tossing a no-hitter. Manager Bruce Bochy called him one of the best prospects in the league. He struggled a bit at Clinton in 1990 but was very good at San Jose in 1991, going 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 37 games. However, he never pitched professionally in the US again.

Where he is now: There is almost nothing about Max Aleys on the internet about his playing days, and nothing about where he has been since. Does anyone know anything about this guy?

My memories: Never heard of him until I got this card.

Interesting stories: Just about the only thing I can find about Aleys was this 1989 article from the Spokane Chronicle, talking about a great game he pitched less than 24 hours after six of his teammates on the Everett Giants were detained (though not arrested) after “the players obtained food by breaking into a concession stand at the Festival of Four Cultures.” The players weren’t named but the article says none of them played that day. Looking at the box score, one of the four future major leagues on that team, Dwayne Hosey, played in the game. Two of the others were starting pitchers, Greg Brummett and Rafael Novoa, so they wouldn’t have been in the game anyway. But regular shortstop and future Yankee Clay Bellinger is noticeably absent from the boxscore.

Google Autocomplete results: Neither Max Aleys or Maximo Aleys are searched enough to make the autocomplete. There do not appear to be any other prominent Max Aleyses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Flavio Alfaro.

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