The Charleston third baseman, however, could do neither. A poor throw allowed the hitter to reach base. It also allowed the runner on second to come around with the tying run, according to The Sumter Item.
Velez was in his second professional season that year in the Reds organization. He only got one more.
Velez' career began in 1989, taken by the Reds in the 15th round of the draft, out of Alcides Siguera High School in Puerto Rico.
Within a few days, Velez signed and he was a Red. He was also assigned to the Gulf Coast League. In the GCL, Velez got into 51 games, mostly at third. He hit .260 with two home runs.
Velez moved to single-A Charleston and rookie Billings for 1990. At Billings, he hit .284 in 44 games. At Charleston, it was .222 in 54 games.
For 1991, Velez played 34 games at single-A Cedar Rapids. He hit just .164 with six RBI. He then played 47 games at independent short-season Erie. He hit .258 there, with three home runs. It was his final season as a pro.
- Sumter Item, April 21, 1990: Sumter falls to Wheelers
Made the Majors: 751 - 49.5%
Never Made Majors: 766-50.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 326
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 193