Saturday, March 10, 2018

Butch Schlopy, Better Opportunity - 19

The topic turned to Pirates minor league reliever Butch Schlopy in April 1989 and team minor league field coordinator Buzzy Keller spoke of lefties, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"We made a concerted effort last year to sign left-handed pitching, knowing the organization needed it," Keller told the Post-Gazette. "And left-handers are getting a better opportunity to stay longer in the organization."

By that point, Schlopy had stayed three seasons in the Pirates organization. He played in two more. He never made AA.

Schlopy's career started in 1985, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of Kane Area High School in Pennsylvania. Schlopy was also credited by his given name, Clifford Schlopy.

Schlopy started with the Pirates in 1986, at short-season Watertown and in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 6-4 over 11 outings, 10 starts, with a 3.79 ERA.

He moved to single-A Macon and played back in the GCL for 1987. He went 4-3 over 18 outings, five starts. He compiled a 2.45 ERA. He also saved two games.

Schlopy played 1988 largely at single-A Augusta. He picked up an extra-inning relief win in August. He saved nine games.

Schlopy then played 1989 and 1990 at high-A Salem. He got into 29 games, starting 12 in 1989. He went 5-8 overall, with a 4.83 ERA. In 1990, he got into 16 games, starting six. He posted a 4.07 ERA to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,904
Made the Majors:1,083-37.3%
Never Made Majors:1,821-62.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 450
10+ Seasons in the Minors:270

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