Dave Valle

Valle had an apprenticeship of almost seven full seasons in the minors before being promoted to the Seattle Mariners. For the next few years, he shuttled between Seattle, the minors, and the disabled list before emerging as the Mariners’ regular catcher in 1987. He held the primary job until 1993, his best season. Valle hit .258 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI.

A free agent after the 1993 season, Valle signed with the Boston Red Sox, but struggled horribly and was traded in June to the Milwaukee Brewers for Tom Brunansky. He fared no better there, and signed with the Texas Rangers in 1995 to back up Ivan Rodriguez.