Nov 4, 2014

Early Seventies Mets Prospect: Brock Pemberton (1974-1975)

Brock Pemberton was born on November 5th, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended high school in Huntington Beach California, becoming a star baseball player there.

The six foot three switch hitting first baseman was drafted by the New York Mets in the 6th round of the 1972 draft at age 18. He began his career in the rookie year in 1972, moving up to A ball Pompano Beach in 1973 batting .266. He progressed to the Texas League in 1974 with the AA Victoria Toro's.

There he made the All Star team hitting 37 doubles while batting .322. The Mets were impressed & he made the fifth place 1974 Mets squad as a September call up. He made his MLB debut on September 10th 1974, as a pinch hitter against the Montreal Expos.

He appeared as a pinch hitter in his first three games, getting his first hit in the 25th inning of a classic extra inning epic against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 11th. He made his first start on September 14th , batting in the sixth position, playing first base at Shea Stadium in a game against the Chicago Cubs.
Pemberton would get one more start for New York but over all made seven pinch hit appearances going 3-7 that September. In eleven games he hit .182 with one RBI.

Pemberton was back to AAA Tidewater in 1975, where he hit .297, second on the club to Mike Vail getting another September call up. Pemberton got two more pinch hit chances going 0-2 that September. He will forever be remembered as one of those early 1970’s Mets yearbooks prospects of the future, never making it back to the big leagues.

In 1976 he hit .290 at AAA Tidewater second to John Stearns, but was traded away to the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor leaguer Ed Kurpiel. His playing career ended the next year at AA New Orleans by age 34.

Retirement: He went on to coach & manage at the minor league level into the 1980’s.

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