Nick Esasky 1984 Donruss
Nick Esasky broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in the mid 1980s with Major League potential on a team that was still trying to recover from the hangover of the Big Red Machine.
The young Esasky is pictured on this 1984 Donruss card in the Reds’ batting practice jersey with the yellow and red seats of Riverfront Stadium filling the background.
As the back of the card points out, Esasky, who has the Reds first round choice in 1978 amateur, was regarded as Cincinnati’s top power hitting prospect when arrived in the Queen City.
After breaking in with Cincinnati midway through the 1983 campaign, Esasky settled in at third base and tallied a .265 batting average with 12 homers. He replaced Johnny Bench at the hot corner.
Esasky slumpted during his first full season with the Redlegs in 1984 with a .193 batting average and only 10 home runs while playing in 28 additional contests.
While Esasky struggled at the plate, he was not exactly known for his defensive prowless while caused the Reds to shuffle around him the field. He took over for Bench at third base, who primarily switched to the position during his final two seasons.
Esasky committed 13 errors in 1983 and then 18 in 1984.
He bounced between third base and left field 1985, played at first base and left field in 1986 and finally took over at first base in 1987 after Rose and Perez both retired.