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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Ric Christian, Put Pressure - 8

Chambersburg's PONY team took the section win in this July 2012 contest and head coach Rick Christian praised his young players, according to The Chambersburg Herald-Mail.

"We got some good timely power by Carlin and Ian," Christian told The Herald-Mail of his son and another player. "We kept adding onto our lead. We scored in every inning but the fifth. We ran the bases well. We try to put pressure on the other team. It was a great team effort."

Years earlier, it was Christian on the field looking to put pressure on other teams as an outfielder in the Cardinals system. Christian played in seven pro campaigns. He made AAA, but not the majors.

Christian's career began in 1986, taken by the Cardinals in the first round of the June secondary draft out of Hagerstown Community College. Christian was also credited as Ric Christian.

Christian started with the Cardinals at short-season Erie. He hit .218 in 53 games. He hit two home runs and knocked in 19. He returned there for 1987 and hit .234.

He played at short-season Hamilton for 1988 and then single-A St. Petersburg for 1989. He hit .231 at St. Petersburg, with 27 stolen bases.

Christian made AA Arkansas for 1990. He hit .235 there, with a career-high 34 stolen bases. He then returned to Arkansas for 1991 and got a 16-game look at AAA Louisville.

He knocked a two-run double in a June 1991 game for Arkansas and another two-run double in an August contest.  At Louisville, he made it to the plate 17 times and picked up two hits.

Christian played in one more season, splitting time again between Arkansas and Louisville. He went 4 for 16 at Louisville and hit .234 over 52 games at Arkansas to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,064
Made the Majors:1,124-36.7%
Never Made Majors:1,940-63.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 466
10+ Seasons in the Minors:279

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