Today In Brewer History: Happy Anniversary, Darrell Porter

On this day in 1970, the amateur draft was held and the Brewers (selecting fourth) chose Oklahoma high school catcher Darrell Porter. It turned out to be an excellent selection.

Porter made his major league debut slightly more than one year later, playing in September for the Crew in 1971. Porter played his first six major league seasons as a Brewer, hitting .229/.334/.375 and making one All Star appearance. He was worth 10.7 rWAR over that stretch, the second most all time for a Brewer who caught 50% or more of his games. Only B.J. Surhoff (16.8 rWAR) had more.

Porter finished his career with 40.6 rWAR, easily the most among his peers from the first round of the 1970 draft:

Player Pick Team rWAR
Darrell Porter 4 Brewers 40.6
Dan Ford 18 Athletics 10.5
Mike Ivie 1 Padres 7.2
Barry Foote 3 Expos 2.4
Steve Dunning 2 Indians 1.7

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2001 Brewer Robert Perez, who turns 42.

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