Saturday, July 4, 2015

Barry Chiles, In Front - 3100

Barry Chiles started off this August 1992 game a little shaky, according to The Washington Post. Perhaps he could be forgiven, though, Chiles was pitching in front of the leader of the free world.

Chiles took the mound for the high-A Durham Bulls and ultimately threw six innings of shutout ball at Frederick for the 4-0 win. In the stands at Frederick were George and Barbara Bush, The Post wrote.

Chiles pitched in front of the first couple in his fourth professional season. He returned to Durham for 1993, but that was his last season as a pro. He never made AA.

Chiles' career began in 1989, taken by the Braves in the 33rd round of the draft out of East Wake High School in North Carolina.

Chiles played his first season in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into three games there, giving up one earned in six innings of work.

He moved to rookie Pulaski for 1990, getting into 17 games, six starts. He had a 3.99 ERA, picked up four wins and three saves.

Chiles' longest season came in 1991 at single-A Macon. He got into 40 games, starting 10. He had a  4.19 ERA and six saves. He picked up a relief win in April.

At Durham in 1992, Chiles got to participate in a rare feat. He was one of four pitchers to combine for a no-hitter in mid-April. Chiles pitched a perfect inning.

Chiles' final season came in 1993. He got into 14 games, starting two. He had a 5.03 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,093
Made the Majors: 910-43.5%
Never Made Majors:1,183-56.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224

Shane Letterio, Felt Confident - 14

Originally published May 28, 2012
For Shane Letterio, frustrations mounted in 1992. But he was still optimistic.

Having played briefly the year before at AAA Calgary, Letterio finished out that year all the way back at high-A Peninsula. In 1992, his sixth season as a pro, he was at AA Jacksonville and not playing every day.

"I still feel confident that I can make it to the big leagues," Letterio told The Orlando Sentinel that June as he tried to come back from an injury. "I just have to get back to playing on a regular basis and show what I can do."

The optimism aside, in his six professional seasons, Letterio never did make it to the big leagues.

Letterio's career began with promise in 1987. Selected by the Reds in the fifth round of the draft, out of Lake Mary High School in Florida, Letterio had to choose between the Reds and the University of Miami.

That April, Letterio signed his scholarship to go to Miami, calling the opportunity to the school an honor, according to The Sentinel. But, by June, Letterio was a Red, skipping his scholarship for the pros.

Letterio started with the Reds at rookie Billings, hitting .284 in 64 games. He moved to single-A Greensboro for 1988, his average dipping to .223.

In 1989, Letterio finally arrived at Miami, playing for the unaffiliated Miami Miracle, though still with the Reds. He hit .255, with four home runs. One of those home runs came in May, a three-run shot in a 4-3 loss.

For 1990, Letterio arrived in the Mariners system, taken in the minor league draft. With the Mariners, Letterio saw AA for the first time, at Williamsport. He hit .251, with two home runs. In one July contest, Letterio had three hits.

Letterio made the jump to AAA Calgary to start 1991. He got into 17 games, hitting just .174. Then he got sent back down, all the way to Peninsula at single-A. Letterio was told he would likely return to AA later in the year, and learn other spots in the field.

"I was upset at first," Letterio told The Newport News Daily Press in May. "Up there, I was playing like three times a week. This way I'll have more of an opportunity to play. Here, I'll be learning all kinds of positions."

But Letterio never made AA that year, he remained at Peninsula the rest of the season. He then saw Jacksonville in 1992, what would be the final year of his playing career.

Letterio has since gone on to continue in baseball, as an instructor, heading up Letterio Baseball Academy in Longwood, Fl.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Armando Rodriguez, Big Class - 3109

The College of San Mateo has sent players to the pros nearly every year since at least 1962, according to the school's site.

In many of those years they sent a single player on to the pros. In others, they sent more. But the 1990 San Mateo season is in a class all its own.

After the 1990 San Mateo season, a total of six Bulldogs advanced to the pros, the most of any year on the college list. Among those six was Armando Rodriguez.

Rodriguez went on from San Mateo to the Braves organization. His pro career, though, was brief. He played just two seasons.

Rodriguez' career began that year in 1990, taken by the Braves in the eighth round of the draft out of San Mateo. He played his high school ball at Burlingame High in California. His name has also been spelled Armondo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez started with the Braves at rookie Pulaski. He got into 46 games mostly in the outfield. He hit .277 with two home runs and 19 RBI.

He moved to rookie Idaho Falls for 1991. He got into 36 games there and hit .294. He also hit three home runs and had 16 RBI. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,092
Made the Majors: 910-43.5%
Never Made Majors:1,182-56.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224

Stewart Ford, Closed Out - 3098

Stewart Ford came into this July 1992 game and finished what his starter began.

What Ford finished for rookie Idaho Falls was a no-hitter, according to

Ford came on in relief of starter David Pike July 19, 1992, and closed out the no-no. The final score in the game was Idaho Falls 3, Medicine Hat 0. Ford got the save.

Ford saved that no-hitter in his third season as a pro. He couldn't extend the success he showed in saving that no-hitter. That season ended up being his last.

Ford's career began in 1990, taken by the Braves in the 22nd round of the draft out of Ranger Junior College in Texas. He played his high school ball at Austin's McCallum High.

At McCallum, Ford is counted among the school's Hall of Honor.

Ford started with the Braves in 1990 at rookie Pulaski. He got into 15 games for the club, all in relief. He ended with a 6.20 ERA. His ERA was bettered a bit with a scoreless inning to close out the season in September.

Ford returned to Pulaski for 1991. He got into 18 games that year, with a 4.42 ERA. He picked up one win and two losses.

His third season came at Idaho Falls. The reliever got into 27 total games, saving three and taking two losses. He ended with a 6.18 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,091
Made the Majors: 910-43.5%
Never Made Majors:1,181-56.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224

Mark Wooden, Came Through - 23

Originally published Dec. 18, 2014
Mark Wooden was usually a reliever for Lewis-Clark State. When his team needed him, though, he started. And he came through.

With a spot in the 1986 NAIA national title game on the line, Wooden put his team on his back and threw a complete game in the 8-2 Lewis-Clark win.

He gave up 11 hits, but only two runs, no walks and he struck out 11 to eliminate Oklahoma City University, according to The Oklahoman.

Wooden went on from that performance to turn pro. He ultimately played in five seasons, but he never got a chance at such an outing in the majors. He never made it higher than AA.

Wooden's career began that year in 1986, taken by the Mariners in the seventh round out of Lewis-Clark. He went to Lewis-Clark after growing up in Windsor, Ont.

Wooden began with the Mariners as a starter at short-season Bellingham. He went 6-4, with a 3.77 ERA in 14 starts. He had a 14-inning scoreless streak in August, helped by his fifth win.

He split 1987 between single-A Wausau and AA Chattanooga. He also moved exclusively to relieving. In 48 outings on the year, he had a 3.47 ERA. He also saved 22.

Wooden then stayed at AA, playing 1988 at Vermont. He picked up eight wins and 21 saves. He secured his third save on the year by going two innings without giving up a run. He even made the all-star team as a replacement.

His 1989 season was spent at AA Williamsport. His ERA came in at 4.14 and he saved only five games and lost seven. His fifth loss came in a June start, one of four starts he had on the year. He still made another league all-star team.

Wooden returned to Williamsport for 1990, but his stay was brief. He got into just 10 games, posting an ERA of 2.30. It was his final time as a pro.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Anthony Johnson, College List - 3086

The list of Huston-Tillotson College alumni is long, about 22 names in total. The list is of the school's baseball players who went on to play in the pros.

It includes a Baseball Hall of Famer in Negro Leaguer Willie Wells. The most recent entries are from 2010 as two Huston-Tillotson alums went on to play independent ball.

There are three entries on the list from 1990. One of those is Anthony Johnson. He's listed as signing with the Braves.

Johnson did sign with the Braves, but his stay with them was brief. He played a single season, 47 games.

Johnson's pro career began and ended that year in 1990, taken by the Braves in the 63rd round of the draft out of Huston-Tillotson. Johnson played his high school ball at Kashmere High School in Houston.

Johnson played his season with the Braves at rookie Pulaski. He got into 42 games and hit .223. He hit two home runs, had 13 RBI and stole five bases. It was the extent of his professional career.

1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,090
Made the Majors: 910-43.5%
Never Made Majors:1,180-56.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224

Karl Rudison, Brief Career - 3094

Karl Rudison's National Baseball Congress Texas State Tournament team took a big win this day in July 1988 and Rudison was in the middle of the scoring, according to The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise.

Rudison's Seguin SMI Steelers picked up the 9-4 win. Rudison contributed four hits and two RBI, The Gazette-Enterprise wrote.

Rudison went on to return to college that fall and the next year. He then turned pro in 1990, but his pro career was brief. It lasted just 47 games.

Rudison's pro career began and ended that year in 1990, signed by the Braves as a free agent. Rudison played his college ball at St. Edward's University and at Vernon College.

In high school, Rudison played at Austin LBJ. Later an infielder, he pitched in a March 1984 game, starting and working into the fifth.

At Vernon College, Rudison won outstanding offensive player of the year honors in 1986. He then went on to St. Edward's.

Rudison made All-District at St. Edward's in 1988. He hit 16 home runs and scored 55 times that year, both numbers on the school's record list.

Rudison played his season with the Braves at rookie Pulaski in 1990. He got into 47 games, playing mostly at third base. He hit .218, knocked in 12 and stole six bases. Those numbers marked the extent of his pro career.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,089
Made the Majors: 910-43.6%
Never Made Majors:1,179-56.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224
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