Sometimes they briefly burst on the scene, burn out and are never heard from again.
Elian Herrera momentarily opened eyes when he first arrived on the scene with the Dodgers in 2012, the career minor leaguer hitting a stunning .305 in his first 31 games.
But the utility player faded badly after that, hitting .141 in his next 20 games and earning a trip back to the minors, where he spent all but a few games last season.
Now if the 28-year-old infielder/outfielder is going to revive his career, it appears it will be with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers claimed Herrera on waivers from the Dodgers on Monday.
The loss of Herrera leaves the Dodgers with 32 players on their 40-man roster, so they have plenty of off-season roster flexibility.
Herrera originally came up in 2012 when Juan Uribe injured his wrist, and for a 10-year minor leaguer, he briefly played like a veteran.
With utility players Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr., there was no place for him to try to get back on the Dodgers’ good graces.
In 408 at-bats at triple-A Albuquerque last season, he hit .282 with .367 on-base and .370 slugging percentages.