Monday, May 29, 2017

Luis Martinez, Took Advantage - 14

The Tulsa Driller hurler walked two batters in front of Arkansas' Luis Martinez in this August 1991 game and Martinez took advantage, according to The Tulsa World.

Martinez did so by hitting his second home run of the season, putting the game out of reach, The World wrote.

Martinez hit that home run in his seventh season as a pro, his first at AA. He also hit it in his final season as a pro. Martinez played those seven pro seasons. He never made the majors.

Martinez' career began in 1985, signed by the Reds as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Martinez started with the Reds in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .232 in 21 games in 1985. He then got into 28 games in 1986 at rookie Billings, hitting .205.

After spending 1987 between single-A Tampa and the GCL, Martinez started 1988 at single-A Greensboro. He then moved to the Cardinals and rookie Johnson City after being released by the Reds.

In 55 games at Johnson City, Martinez hit .313. He then played 1989 at single-A Savannah and 1990 largely at single-A Springfield. He hit .267 in 105 games at Springfield, earning himself a promotion to AA Arkansas for 1991.

With the Travelers, Martinez knocked in the winning run on a single in a late-August game. He drove in three more runs on two doubles in another August contest. Martinez hit .271 overall in 93 games, ending his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,639
Made the Majors:1,025-38.8%
Never Made Majors:1,614-61.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

John Sheehan, Three Innings - 18

Originally published Aug. 11, 2016
John Sheehan let some base-runners on in this April 1987 game, but he still picked up the save - a three-inning save with a single-run lead, according The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Sheehan came on in the seventh for single-A Asheville and got out of a two-runner jam with a pop out and a fly out. He then got out of small rally attempts in the eighth and ninth to seal the victory, The Herald-Journal wrote.

Sheehan picked up that save in his third season as a pro. He went on to play in two more years. He made AA, but he never made it higher.

Sheehan's career began in 1985, taken by the Astros in the 9th round of the January draft out of Ocean County College in New Jersey.

Sheehan started with the Astros in the rookie Gulf Coast League. In five outings, four starts, he gave up six earned in 15.1 innings of work.

He moved to single-A Osceola and Asheville for 1986, getting into 28 games between them, starting six. He went 5-2, with a 4.75 ERA. He threw an inning in an August game without giving up a hit.

Sheehan played 1987 at Asheville and both 1988 and 1989 exclusively at Osceola. He picked up a total of 14 saves for Asheville in 1987 and 12 at Osceola in 1989.

Sheehan then started 1990 at AA Columbus, but got into only eight games. He gave up 11 earned in 22 innings of work. He then moved to the Mariners and high-A San Bernardino. In 22 outings there, he posted a 6.19 ERA, ending his career.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Orlando Thomas, Game-Winner - 15

Aquinas College catcher Orlando Thomas played well in this May 1985 game and his Cavaliers took the win, according to The Nashville Tennessean.

Thomas went 3 for 3 on the day, including knocking a two-run double in the eighth that proved the game-winner, according to The Tennessean.

Thomas went on from Aquinas to a career in the pros. He played six seasons, getting a brief look at AAA, but he never made the majors.

Thomas' career began in 1986, taken by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the January draft out of Aquinas.

Thomas started that career after attending a Cardinals scout's camp the previous year. He started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. He got into nine games, going 2 for 12.

He moved to short-season Erie for 1987, hitting .200 over 43 games. He played most of 1988 at single-A Savannah, then briefly saw single-A St. Petersburg. He got into 50 games total, with a .248 average.

Thomas did the same in 1989. He hit in seven-straight games in August for Savannah, hitting two home runs in that stretch. He played 1990 between single-A Springfield and St. Petersburg. He got into 42 games, hitting .198.

In 1991, Thomas turned player-coach at Springfield. He played in nine games there, but also saw eight at St. Petersburg - and four at AAA Louisville. He went 3 for 11 at Louisville. That year ended his time as a player.

Thomas then turned full-time coach. He served 1992 and 1993 as a coach at Johnson City and 1994 at short-season New Jersey.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,638
Made the Majors:1,025-38.9%
Never Made Majors:1,613-61.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

Mike Evans, Previous Stints - 28

Mike Evans started his athletic training career in high school and in college, according to his Best card.

He worked at both Central Missouri State University and at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo.

From those beginnings, he moved on to the pros as a trainer in the St. Louis Cardinals system. He spent at least seven seasons there at two different levels.

Evans began at Missouri State University, where he earned his degree in physical education. He then went on to Central Missouri and Helias.

He started with the Cardinals in 1987, serving as trainer at short-season Erie. He then followed the franchise to Hamilton, Ont., for 1988.

Evens then arrived at single-A Springfield for 1990. His Best card talked up his previous stints keeping players healthy.

"Mike comes to Springfield," the card reads, "with plenty of athletic training experience."

He stayed at Springfield for at least four seasons. His most recent available card came in 1993.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,637
Made the Majors:1,025-38.9%
Never Made Majors:1,612-61.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

Todd Credeur, Another Career - 17

Originally published July 18, 2016
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser recalled in 2016 Todd Credeur's time at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, just not for the best reasons.

Credeur, who pitched for the school from 1982 to 1985, did so in this April 1984 game. Credeur hit one batter, then later an opposing player retaliated with a forearm while he covered first, The Daily Advertiser wrote as part of a feature on the biggest brawls in the history of the university's Tigue Moore Field.

"It was worse than the South Alabama brawl (in 1992)," former Credeur teammate Garrett O’Connor recalled to The Daily Advertiser in 2016 of the ensuing chaos. "There was no security and the umpires couldn't control it. The fight lasted so long that they were able to dispatch three university police units and four units from the Lafayette police department."

Credeur went on from Louisiana-Lafayette to a pro career that lasted five seasons. He made AA, but didn't make it higher. He appears to have since gone on to another career, one where he's been the one responding to calls, serving with a Louisiana sheriff's department.

Credeur's career began in 1986, signed by the Astros as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Credeur started with the Astros at single-A Asheville. In 22 starts, he went 13-2, with a 4.01 ERA. He picked up one of his two losses in May, giving up four earned, including a two-run home run.

He moved to single-A Osceola for 1987, getting 16 outings on the year. He then split both 1988 and 1989 between Osceola and AA Columbus. He had a 2.74 ERA in 1988 and a 3.41 mark in 1989.

Credeur then returned to Columbus for 1990. Over 11 outings, three starts, he had a 3.52 ERA, ending his career.

Credeur soon returned to Louisiana and he joined the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, where he has spent his time since.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Frank Cimorelli, Never Crossed - 23

Frank Cimorelli's young career seemed almost stalled at single-A Springfield. He spent three seasons there, spending time as a starter and later as a reliever.

He recalled to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he pitched through it and kept going.

"The thought never crossed my mind," Cimorelli told The Post-Dispatch of the possibility of quitting. "It was very frustrating, but only in that they didn't think I could be the pitcher that I thought I could."

It turned out that Cimorelli could pitch. Once he switched to relieving, he started to move up. In 1994, he made it all the way up to the majors. Cimorelli got into 11 games for the Cardinals in 1994, marking the extent of his big league career.

Cimorelli's career began in 1989, taken by the Cardinals in the 37th round of the draft out of Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY.

Cimorelli started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. In 12 starts, he went 2-4, with a 4.57 ERA. He overcame a tough start to throw a complete-game, five-hitter, according to his hometown Poughkeepsie Journal.

"I'm pitching much better now," Cimorelli told The Journal in early August. "I feel much more confident to hit spots and let the batters put the ball into play."

He then arrived at Springfield for 1990, mixing starting and relief work, turning in a 4.56 ERA. He started again in 1991 at Springfield, then spent all of 1992 as a reliever. Cimorelli turned in a 1.73 ERA in relief in 1992.

Cimorelli moved up to AA Arkansas and AAA Louisville for 1993. He made the bigs the very next year.

He debuted with the Cardinals in late April, getting into those 11 games that year. In 13.1 innings, Cimorelli gave up 13 earned runs, for a major league ERA of 8.78.

Cimorelli started 1995 back at Louisville, then moved to the Brewers system mid-year. He got two outings at AA El Paso, then five final outings with the Rockies at AA New Haven in 1996, ending his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,636
Made the Majors:1,025-38.9%-X
Never Made Majors:1,611-61.1%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

Juan Andujar, Defensive Strength - 1

Juan Andujar could field, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote in April 1992, but his hitting needed improvement.

The minor league shortstop entered his fourth pro season that year, his first at high-A.

"He might make it to the big leagues some day simply on the strength of his defense," The Post-Dispatch wrote, adding in parenthesis "Jose Oquendo couldn't hit in the minor leagues, either."

Andujar went on to play in a total of six pro seasons. But he never improved his hitting enough to advance. He briefly made AA. He never made the bigs.

Andujar's career began in 1989, signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent out of his native Dominican Republic. Andujar was the nephew of major league pitcher Joaquin Andujar.

Andujar started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. He led the team in hits, hit seven home runs and scored 40 times. He also hit .254.

He moved to single-A Springfield in 1990, his average dropping to .213. He then played 1991 between single-A Savannah and Springfield. He hit .205 that year. But he led the South Atlantic League in fielding percentage.

After a season spent at high-A St. Petersburg in 1992, his average hitting .270, Andujar went to the Indians as an add-on in the trade that sent Mark Whiten to the Cardinals.

He played 1993 at high-A Kinston. He knocked in 31 and hit .253. He went 0 for 4, with a run scored in an August game.

Andujar then returned to Kinston and got a brief look at AA Canton-Akron in 1994. He knocked in two runs in an April 3-2 Kinston win. He walked in an August game. Overall, he hit .255 over 130 games, ending his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,635
Made the Majors:1,024-38.9%
Never Made Majors:1,611-61.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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