Troy Afenir

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Troy Afenir was a catcher who played four seasons in the major leagues from 1987 to 1992, and played ten seasons in the minor leagues from 1983-1992.

After being selected a couple of times in 1982 drafts, including second overall in the January 1982 amateur draft, he went with the Houston Astros in the secondary phase of the January 1983 amateur draft. His minor league career from 1983 to 1988 was in the Astros organization, as he spent 3 1/2 seasons in Single A ball, and 2 1/2 seasons in Double A ball. He usually hit under .250, although with some power.

Alan Ashby was the catcher for the 1987 Houston Astros when Afenir came up for his cup of coffee. Afenir hit .300 in 20 at-bats, but didn't stick. The next year Ashby, Alex Trevino, and Craig Biggio alternated at the catcher's job for the Astros.

In 1989, Afenir was traded to the Oakland Athletics, which were at the peak of their prowess, winning the division in 1989, 1990, and 1992. Afenir came up for cups of coffee in 1990 and 1991 while Terry Steinbach was the starting catcher. Afenir mostly played in the Athletics' minor league organization, at Double A and Triple A, hitting around .250 each time with moderate power.

He signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds, and played in Triple A with them, hitting around .250 again, and coming up to the parent club for 16 games in 1992.

He apparently played semi-pro ball in 1997 with the San Diego Waves and also played in Taiwan that year.

Afenir became an assistant coach at Palomar College in 2010 [1]. He became a New York Yankees scout, signing Aaron Judge.

His nephew, Buck Afenir, was a catcher on the University of Kansas baseball team and played in the New York Yankees and Houston Astros minor league systems. Another nephew, Ty Afenir, played infield on the University of Washington team and in the Yankees minor league system as well. His son Audie Afenir also played catcher at Palomar College before transferring to Oral Roberts University. He was then drafted by the Yankees in 2015. A brother Tom Afenir played in the minors for the Cleveland Indians in 1995 and 1996.

He primarily wore number 52.

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