Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dan Vizzini, Good Year - 3447

Dan Vizzini had a good year in 1990 for Francis Marion College in South Carolina, according to his ProCards card.

He went 2-1, with eight saves and a 2.42 ERA. He was named NAIA District 6 Player of the Year. He also made the NAIA All-American 1st Team.

It was a performance that caught the eye of the Oakland Athletics, who took him in the seventh round of that June's draft. It wasn't enough, however, to get him a long career. Vizzini's pro career consisted of just two years, both spent at short-season.

At Francis Marion, Vizzini also won 1989-1990 season team MVP honors.

With the Athletics, Vizzini started at short-season Southern Oregon. In 16 relief outings, Vizzini picked up a win and a save. He gave up seven earned in 28.2 innings for a 2.20 ERA. In June, he combined with two other pitchers on a seven-hitter.

Vizzini returned to Southern Oregon for 1991, trying his hand at starting. In 14 outings, nine starts, he went 2-2, with a 2.57 ERA. He also struck out 54. But it was his final season as a pro.

His playing career over, Vizzini has returned to the Carolinas. He is listed in 2014 as athletic director at the Charlotte Jewish Community Center. He also teaches private baseball lessons.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,561
Made the Majors: 764 - 49.0%
Never Made Majors: 797-51.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 331
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 198

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