Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jaime Roseboro, Position Choice - 10

When Jaime Roseboro went to choose a position in baseball, he looked to his dad, John Roseboro for inspiration, he told The Morristown Daily Record.

The main thing was, his dad's experience at catcher over 14 big league seasons showed him what position not to take, the son told the paper.

"I started as a shortstop but made the switch to the outfield because I have good speed and a good arm," Jaime Roseboro told The Daily Record in March 1990. "If you look at my dad's fingers, they're all messed up. And his knees are bad so he has trouble getting out of his chair."

While Roseboro didn't follow his dad into catching, he also couldn't follow him to the majors. The younger Roseboro played seven pro seasons. He made AAA, but not the bigs.

Jaime Roseboro's career began in 1986, taken by the Mets in the 11th round of the draft out of Los Angeles City College.

Roseboro started with the Mets at short-season Little Falls. The outfielder hit .269 over 68 games.

He moved to single-A Columbia for 1987 and 1988. He hit .247 his first year there and .272 his second. He also knocked in 72 and stole 27 bases his second year there.

Roseboro played 1989 at single-A St. Lucie, where he stole 54 bases over 95 games and hit .309 on the year. His performance was enough for the Mets to place him on their winter roster.

He made AA Jackson in 1990. He stole 23 over 93 games and hit .275. He then made AAA Tidewater for 1991. He hit a leadoff single in a June game. He hit .294 overall, but didn't record one stolen base and didn't see Flushing.

Roseboro played in one more season, 25 games at AA Harrisburg in the Expos system in 1992 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,146
Made the Majors:1,141-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,005-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 474
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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