Friday, January 22, 2016

Mike Wegener (#193)

After the 1968 season, the NL and AL each held an expansion draft to stock the 2 new teams in their league (Expos, Padres, Royals, Pilots). After the established teams protected 15 players in their system, each new team selected 3 players from each of the 10 teams in their league. 

The Phillies lost veterans Tony Gonzalez, Roberto Pena (to the Padres), Bobby Wine, and Gary Sutherland (Expos). They also lost pitching prospects Steve Arlin (Padres) and Mike Wegener (Expos). 

This is the 2nd of Mike Wegener’s 3 baseball cards (1969-71). He was signed by the Orioles in 1964, and after one season was selected by the Phillies in the minor-league draft.

After a 10-13 class-A season in 1965, Mike missed most of the 1966 season and spent the ’67 season in class-A. Promoted to AAA in 1968, he went 4-12 and was lost to the Expos in the expansion draft (the 15th overall selection).

Wegener spent all of 1969 and 1970 with the Expos, compiling a record of 8-20 in 57 games, mostly as a starting pitcher. Late in 1970, he gave up Willie Mays’ 3000th hit.

His final big-league game was on 9/26/1970, then he spent the remainder of his career pitching in triple-A for the Expos (1971-73), Mets (1973-75), and Giants (1976-77). After 1971, he was primarily a relief pitcher.