To The Philadelphia Inquirer, DeArmas explained the importance of those players coming to the United States learning the language.
"The kids that seem to advance through the minors the fastest are the kids that pick up English the fastest," DeArmas told The Inquirer. "The smarter players are the ones who get ahead."
For that group of Dominicans, though, only one made it past that first year. Others played that one season, some didn't play at all.
Arias was assigned to rookie Martinsville. He was one of the players who didn't play at all.
Arias was 17 years old that year. He wouldn't turn 18 until that October. He came from Bani, D.R.
He was 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He weighed 150 pounds batted right and threw right. He also didn't get into a game.
- Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 1990: Hungry Players
Made the Majors: 882 - 45.5%
Never Made Majors: 1,058-54.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 377
10+ Seasons in the Minors:218