Chris Donnels was plucked out of the same college as other New York Mets draft picks
Chris Donnels was taken in 1987 with the 24th selection out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the same school that produced former Mets first round pick Billy Traber, and current Mets right hander Tylor Megill.
Donnels, a lefty swinger, showed some pop on a couple of his stops up the Mets minor league chain. He made it to the Mets during the 1991 season. He could not have picked a worse time to join the team as the Mets were in the midst of bringing high-priced free agents who would wreak havoc for the next few seasons.
Donnels played in 37 games that first season and hit .225 with 0 HR and 5 RBI. It didn’t get much better the next season, in fact, it got worse. He hit .174 with 0 HR and 6 RBI.
He would move on to Houston for two seasons and Boston for one, where he became a serviceable utility player. He was out of Major League baseball for three seasons before returning for two seasons with the Dodgers and his last season with the Diamondbacks.
Donnels would play parts of eight seasons with five teams (Mets, Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks) and hit .233 with 17 homers, none of them with the Mets.