Charles Elliott McBride
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight170 lb.
- School John A. Logan College
Outfielder Gator McBride peaked at Double A, but had an exceptional two-year run to finish his career. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 37th round of the 1993 amateur draft, a couple of picks after pitcher Chris Peters and a few ahead of pitcher Brandon Villafuerte. With the Macon Braves in 1994, he slashed .338/.393/.581 with 13 home runs, 54 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 81 games. He fell off after that and was out of the Braves system following the 1997 campaign.
Joining the independent Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League in 1998, McBride hit .403/.466/.679 with 12 home runs, 63 RBI and 98 hits in 69 games; he walked 30 times to 26 strikeouts. In 1999, back with Chillicothe, he hit .456/.573/.837 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 67 hits in 39 games, walking 40 times and striking out just 13. The Boston Red Sox signed him and sent him to High A, where he hit .360/.400/.676 with 9 home runs, 29 RBI and 49 hits in 36 games. Overall, McBride hit .410/.496/.760 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI and 116 hits in 75 games that year; he had 47 walks and just 26 strikeouts. Despite that impressive showing, 1999 was his final campaign.
Overall, McBride hit .311/.388/.523 with 75 home runs, 345 RBI and 563 hits in 525 games over 7 seasons.