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Friday, February 13, 2015

Domingo Tejada made it to photo day, but never made it into a pro game

The 1990 season was Domingo Tejada's first year in professional baseball, according to his ProCards card back.

He was signed by the Phillies the previous September out of his native Dominican Republic. When he signed, he was just 17 years old.

By the time he arrived in Martinsville in the rookie Appalachian League, Tejada had turned 18. He was also seemingly ready to take the field for his first professional action.

Tejada, though, apparently never hit the field for Martinsville, or anyone else. He's not listed on Baseball-Reference as playing at all. No one with even a similar name is listed as playing for Martinsville that year.

One of the only record of Tejada's brief life in professional baseball appears come from the team's photo day and the ProCards card he made it onto.

The other record is in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on Dominican signees by the Phillies. In that story his name was spelled Domingo Tejeda.

Tejada was 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He weighed 160 pounds. He switch hit and threw right-handed. He also seemingly never got into a game, his career ending apparently before it began.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,930
Made the Majors: 881 - 45.6%
Never Made Majors: 1,049-54.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 376
10+ Seasons in the Minors:218

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