There have been a lot of players who have switched positions in this league, but not that many have success in doing so.
Rick Ankiel didn’t do that bad of a job after failing to regain his pitching form in the minors for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a pitcher in their farm system for five years before converting to an outfielder.
After spending the first six years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he posted a 13-10 win/loss record and 390 ERA as a pitcher.
He also has 269 career strike outs under his belt. Ankiel as a hitter has 76 home runs, 251 RBI’s with a batting line of .240/.302/.422 between the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros and New York Mets.
Now the 34 year old machine is looking to extend his Major League career, even if it comes down to signing a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Now he just plays the waiting game.
Source: Rick Ankiel is looking to play in 2014, would be willing to sign a minor lg deal with spring training invite “in right situation”
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 19, 2013