Last week, we looked at a "four-A player" in Andy Marte. Now let's look at another such player the Braves had high hopes in: outfielder Brad Komminsk.
The Braves drafted Komminsk fourth overall in the 1979 amateur draft out of Lima, Ohio. In his second year at Class A Durham in 1981, he mashed 33 home runs and hit .322, earning him MVP of the Carolina League. He then split 1982 between AA and AAA, hitting 28 home runs with a .276 avg. Komminsk powered his way through the Braves system, leading Hank Aaron to say he was a "can't-miss major leaguer" prior to his debut in August 1983. The Braves had such high hopes for Komminsk that they reportedly turned down a trade offer from Boston in which they would receive Jim Rice in return.
Komminsk split 1984 between Atlanta and the minors but spent the entire 1985 season with the big club. However, he didn't show the power numbers that elevated him through the Braves' system. He hit just four home runs and hit .227 in 106 games; the most games he'd ever play in a single season.
His career would take a downward turn from there. He spent most of 1986 at AAA Richmond and in January 1987 was traded to Milwaukee where he spent all but seven games in the minors. He was granted free agency following the 1988 season when Cleveland signed him, and he hit eight home runs in 71 games for them in 1989. He split the 1990 season between the Giants and Orioles before his major-league career ended after 24 games with Oakland in 1991.
He would continue to play in the minors for the White Sox the next two years before moving across the Atlantic to play ball in Italy for two more years. Upon returning, he played with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent Northern League in 1996, and retired for good after a single game with the Toledo Mud Hens in 1997.
His playing days over, Komminsk became a minor-league manager starting in 1999 and spent six years in the Indians organization. He then moved to the Orioles where he managed the Bowie BaySox for three years starting in 2008. His last coaching position was for a single year as the hitting coach for the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2012.
In total, he hit .278 with 230 home runs in 15 minor-league seasons, while hitting just .218 with 23 home runs in eight years at the majors.
Full stats HERE.