Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marty Jones, All Together - 15

Originally published Jan. 17, 2016
Marty Jones got out to a slow start in the Astros organization in 1988, hitting sub-.200 over his 32 games that season in the rookie Gulf Coast League.

Early in the 1989 season, though, it seemed like Jones started to figure things out, his GCL manager Julio Linares told Jones' hometown Orlando Sentinel.

"I've been with Jones for two years now and the improvement he's made has been tremendous," Linares told The Sentinel a couple weeks after the short-season began. "He is hitting the ball better, and he is making the right decisions in the outfield. He is close to putting it all together."

Jones never did put it all together. He finished out that season with another sub-.200 campaign. He then returned for one more year in short-season ball. He never made it higher.

Jones' career began in 1988, taken by the Astros in the 11th round of the draft out of Edgewater High School in Orlando. Jones is also sometimes credited by his formal name, Maurice Jones.

Jones started in the rookie GCL. Over his 32 games there, he hit just .179. He hit one home run and knocked in 16 runs.

He returned to the GCL for 1989, but ended up faring no better. Over 48 games, he hit a total of .167, with no home runs and five RBI.

Jones' final pro season came in 1990 at short-season Auburn. He got into 30 games, mostly in the outfield, and hit .200. He also tried his hand on the mound three times, giving up seven earned in 2.1 innings of work.

Matt Anderson, Grew Up - 6

Originally published Oct. 8, 2011
Matt Anderson signed with the Orioles and the new high school graduate was ready to go.

He was ready to go to Bluefield, Virginia, home of the rookie league Bluefield Orioles. He was looking to move right into the Bluefield starting rotation, The Los Angeles Times wrote.

"I can't wait. I'm really excited," Anderson told The Times in June 1989. "I need to get out and get a chance to grow up."

While Anderson got his chance to grow up, in a career that lasted six seasons and was spotted by injury, Anderson never got his chance to pitch in the major leagues.

Anderson's career started that year in 1989, taken by the Orioles in the fifth round of the draft, out of Buena High School in California. The left-hander chose the Orioles over Cal State Northridge.

At Bluefield that first year, though, Anderson got off to a slow start. He started only five games, getting into nine others. He picked up four losses to no wins, and an ERA of 8.66.

Anderson spent 1990 between Bluefield and single-A Wausau. At Wausau, Anderson went 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA. Back at Bluefield, Anderson went 6-4, with a better 2.60 ERA.

For 1991, Anderson moved with Wausau to Kane County, going 13-8. The Chicago Tribune noted Anderson's strikeout to walk ratio in June, 70-26. He had 166 strikeouts by the end of the year.

Anderson spent 1992 at high-A Frederick. He went 7-7 in 18 starts, with a 4.36 ERA. He got most of those appearances by early July. Then, teammate Gregg Zaun praised the pitcher to The Times, saying he was "capable of being the best pitcher in the league."

"Matt's been making some mechanical adjustments this season," Zaun told The Times. "It doesn't always click right away when you try some new things, but he's battled."

Arm problems limited his 1993 season to just three games, in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He returned in 1994, at single-A Albany, moving mid-year back to Frederick.

Anderson went 10-6 on the year, with 101 strikeouts in 108.2 innings. It was Anderson's final year as a pro.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Micah Franklin, Every Day - 7

Called up to the majors for the first time in May 1997, Micah Franklin got sent back down in June.

He'd played well and he hoped to continue to play well to make the return trip to the bigs, he told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I enjoyed it; I enjoyed every day here," Franklin told The Post-Dispatch. "It definitely makes you want to go down (to Louisville), play hard and get back."

Franklin did get back - for two more games later that month. He never returned to the majors after that. He did go on to a pro career that spanned 15 seasons, including trips to Japan and Korea. He last saw time in 2004.

Franklin's pro career began in 1990, taken by the Mets in the third round of the draft out of Lincoln High School in San Francisco.

He started with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. He moved to short-season Pittsfield and Erie for 1991 and then to the Reds and rookie Billings for 1992.

Franklin made AA Chattanooga with the Reds in 1994, then moved to the Pirates and AAA Calgary for 1995. He hit 21 home runs for Calgary, including five in a seven-game span in late May and early June.

After going through the Tigers system, Franklin arrived with the Cardinals at AAA Louisville in mid-1996. He debuted in St. Louis in May 1997. He went 3 for 5 in his second game, hitting a home run. After 17 appearances, he played his final major league game June 28.

Franklin played a season back at AAA in 1998, then he moved to Japan. He got into 131 games for Nippon Ham. He hit 30 home runs and ended with a .238 average.

Despite his home run output, Franklin only saw 13 games there in 2000, caught up in the foreign player quotas and injuring his hand.

He played  2001 at AAA with the Brewers, then 2002 at AAA with the Diamondbacks and in Korea. The switch-hitter hit 17 home runs at Tucson, including two - one from each side - over Tucson's version of the Green Monster, according to The Tucson Citizen.

"There is a lot of luck involved," Franklin told The Citizen of the home runs. "I didn't think I could actually do it. Both happened to be on the right night, I guess, and in the right situation."

Franklin returned to Korea for 2003, then rounded out his career in the minors with the Diamondbacks and White Sox in 2004.

Franklin has since gone into scouting, serving with the Diamondbacks in 2013 and youth coaching.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,579
Made the Majors:1,021-39.6%-X
Never Made Majors:1,558-60.4%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 424
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

Daryl Moore, Good Years - 5

Originally published Feb. 18, 2016
Daryl Moore expressed optimism to his hometown paper, The Gadsden Times in March 1992.

Going into his fourth season, Moore hoped to not only make AAA Rochester, but he also hoped to make the big club in Baltimore, according to The Times.

"I really believe my time is coming to make it to the major leagues," Moore told The Times. "I've had some pretty good years. I believe if I put up some good numbers this season, I'll be playing in Baltimore."

Moore put up good enough numbers to make Rochester. Whatever numbers he put up, he never saw Baltimore.

Moore's career began in 1989, signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent out of his native Alabama and Gadsden State Community College.

Moore played his high school ball at Gadsden's Litchfield High. He went five innings, giving up one hit in an April 1986 game, then threw eight hitless innings in a May contest.

He started with the Orioles in 1989 at rookie Bluefield. He went 3-6, with a 5.28 ERA. He moved to single-A Wausau for 1990, getting 36 relief outings, saving 12 games.

Moore played 1991 between high-A Frederick and AA Hagerstown. He had a 2.15 ERA between them. He went 6.1 innings over his first four outings at Hagerstown, giving up no runs. In another stretch of four outings, he struck out nine of 12 batters he faced.

Moore's final year of affiliated ball came that year in 1992 between Hagerstown and Rochester. Over 21 outings, he had a 3.00 ERA.

His final year of pro ball came three years later in the independent Texas-Louisiana League. He got into 36 games between Pueblo and Mobile, posting a 3.94 ERA, ending his career.

Rob Carpentier, Could Play - 10

Rob Carpentier's team of Little Leaguers headed to the district tournament in July 2012 and the team manager hoped his kids would come through, according to The North Andover Eagle Tribune.

"It's a talented group for sure, but we have to play like we can play," Carpentier told The Eagle Tribune. "You always need a break or two. And you need your big guys to make big plays."

Years earlier, Carpentier played like he could play and it got him to the pros. He saw time in four seasons overall. He never made AA.

Carpentier's baseball career began in 1990, taken by the Mets in the 26th round of the draft out of the University of New Hampshire. Carpentier is also credited as Rob Carpenter.

Carpentier played baseball and skied at Andover High School and then spent time at Vermont Academy. He then spent three years at New Hampshire, going 6-4, with a 3.50 ERA his final year there, according to The Andover Townsman.

At Andover, Carpentier got to see a future major leaguer with a rival high school in Tom Glavine. Carpentier was a sophomore reserve when Andover faced Glavine, The Eagle Tribune wrote.

"He's the best that I remember, definitely," Carpentier told The Eagle Tribune. "You were kind of awestruck. I remember him being very calm and businesslike, which is ahead of your time when you're 17 years old."

With the Mets, Carpentier started work at rookie Kingsport. He got into 22 games, starting eight. He went 6-1, with a 1.76 ERA. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of an August game, leading the league in ERA.

He moved to single-A Columbia for 1991, going 7-3 over 28 outings, eight starts. His ERA climbed to 4.06.

Carpentier then played 1992 and 1993 at high-A St. Lucie. He had a 4.84 ERA his first year there and a 3.50 mark his second. His second season there turned out to be his final season as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,578
Made the Majors:1,020-39.6%
Never Made Majors:1,558-60.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 424
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

Tom Martin, His Way - 4

Originally published Jan. 24, 2016
Tom Martin came on for the Astros in this April 1997 game with the bases loaded and the score tied. Facing Fred McGriff, Martin proceeded to throw four straight balls, walking in the winning run, The Associated Press wrote.

"I thought I made a couple of decent pitches," Martin told The AP afterward, "but the calls didn't go my way."

For Martin, those pitches were still among his first in the majors. He made the bigs days earlier after, starting out his ninth season as a pro.

After that late start, Martin went on to pitch more than a decade in the majors. He finally through his last big league pitch in 2007 for the Rockies.

Martin's career began in 1989, taken by the Orioles in the sixth round of the draft out of Bay High School in Panama City, Fla.

Martin played his first year between rookie Bluefield and short-season Erie. He made high-A High Desert in 1992. He then first made AA in 1994 at Greenville after moving to the Braves. He then made AAA Richmond for 1995, where he pitched in seven games all year.

Martin then moved to the Astros for 1996 playing mostly at AA Jackson, but also seeing time at AAA Tucson.

For 1997, Martin made the big club in Houston out of spring training and he stayed up all year. He got into 55 games in relief, posting a 2.09 ERA. He even made the postseason roster.

He played the next three seasons with the Indians, getting six outings there in 1999 and 31 in 2000. He then made the Mets for 2001, then the Devil Rays briefly in 2002.

In 2003, Martin made the Dodgers. He also returned to his 1997 form. He got into 80 total outings that year, posting a 3.53 ERA. He then joined the Braves in mid-2004.

"I'm going to be the guy to help the horses get out of jams," Martin told Morris News Service after arriving in Atlanta. "I think that's fun."

Martin got into 29 games for the Braves down the stretch, posting a 3.71 ERA. He played in a shortened 2005, then played his final two seasons with the Rockies. He pitched in 68 games there in 2006, with a 5.07 ERA, then played his final year between Colorado and AAA Colorado Springs.

"I'm slowing everything down," Martin told MLB.com after returning to Denver in August. "I've been keeping the ball down a lot more. My changeup is effective. All I have to do is just pitch."

He pitched in a total of 26 games for Colorado that year, ending with a 4.91 ERA, concluding his career.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reynaldo Martinez, Big Jump - 8

Originally published March  20, 2015
From Reynaldo Martinez' first professional season to his second, his ERA jumped.

It jumped from a solid 1.82 in 1989 to a season-long 6.91 in 1990. His second ERA proved to be his last.

Martinez ended up playing just two pro seasons. He never made it higher than single-A.

Martinez' career began in 1989, signed by the Athletics as an undrafted free agent out of New York City. Martinez has also been credited by the name Ray Martinez.

Martinez played his first season in the rookie Arizona League. There, he had that 1.82 mark over 27 relief outings. He struck out 38 over 49.1 innings.

For 1990, he moved to single-A Madison. He got into just six games in relief there, giving up four earned in 7.2 innings.

Martinez then continued his 1990 season with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. He got into 20 games there, starting one. He ended with a 7.41 ERA and 26 strikeouts. It was his final season as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,577
Made the Majors:1,020-39.6%
Never Made Majors:1,557-60.4%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 424
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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