Tim Cecil had a goal on the season to reach 15 wins for the single-A Chareston Wheelers, according to his hometown Bend Bulletin.
He barely got to half that number, though, mid-season arm troubles limiting his outings for a time. When he did play - the pain never completely went away - Cecil helped his team to the South Atlantic League title, The Bulletin wrote.
"I guess everything turned out okay," Cecil told The Bulletin. "I'm happy with the season. We won a championship. That's something I dreamed about."
Whether he came back fully from his arm troubles is unclear. As it finally turned out, though, Cecil only played in one more season.
Cecil's professional career began in 1989, signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent.
He played his first year in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 8-1, with a 1.87 ERA.
For 1990, Cecil moved to single-A Charleston. With Charleston, he went 7-5 in 29 outings, 17 starts. He also posted a 3.76 ERA.
The next year, Cecil's third as a pro, he stayed at Charleston. He went 8-4 in 23 starts. He also had an ERA of 3.18 and threw two complete games in the process.
For Cecil, though, that second season at Charleston, his third overall, was his last as a pro. He didn't return for 1992 and never made the majors.
- Bend Bulletin, Sept. 27, 1990: Making their way in the minors
Made the Majors: 749 - 49.7%
Never Made Majors: 758-50.3%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 325
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 193