Sunday, May 21, 2017

Vince Kindred, Knocked One - 10

Vince Kindred provided all the offense his rookie Johnson City team needed this night in August 1986, according to The Burlington Daily Times News.

With two men on and nobody out in the first inning, Kindred knocked one over fence, The Daily Times News wrote.

Kindred's rookie Cardinals went on to win that game 4-1. Kindred, himself, went on to play a total of four seasons as a pro. In a career slowed by injury, Kindred made it as high as high-A, but no higher.

Kindred's pro career began that year in 1986, taken by the Cardinals in the seventh round of the draft out of Troy University in Alabama.

Kindred showed what he could do at Troy. He hit .376 in 1985 and 1986, with a .664 slugging percentage. He also stole 53 bases. All three numbers are still top-10 numbers at the school. His 1986 campaign earned him first-team All-America honors.

Kindred started with the Cardinals at Johnson City. He hit .329 over 42 games, knocking a total of 10 home runs.

He then moved to single-A Springfield for 1987. The outfielder's average dropped to .251 over 111 games. He stole 19 bases.

Kindred lost all of 1988 to injury, the Cardinals maneuvering so no one would take him in the minor league draft.

Kindred returned to the field in 1989 at single-A Savannah. He hit .225 in 74 games. He then split 1990 between Springfield and high-A St. Petersburg. He hit .225 over 93 games, ending his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,631
Made the Majors:1,024-38.9%
Never Made Majors:1,607-61.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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