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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Steve LaRose, Enough For - 8

Steve Larose faltered a bit toward the end of this three-inning 1987 relief stint at short-season Little Falls, but it was enough for the win.

Larose came on in the ninth inning and pitched to the 11th. He gave up the go-ahead run in the 11th on a home run, but his Little Falls teammates picked him up in the bottom frame for the walk-off win, according to

Larose turned in that relief performance in his first professional season. He went on to play in five more. He never made the majors.

Larose's career began that year in 1987, taken by the Mets in the 10th round of the draft out of Crowder College in Missouri.

Larose saw 26 outings his first year at Little Falls, two starts. He picked up three wins and eight saves, with a 2.98 ERA.

He moved to single-A Columbia for 1988 and then single-A St. Lucie in 1989. He saved 10 games each year and had a 2.32 ERA at St. Lucie.

Larose arrived AA Jackson for 1990. He helped a starter out of an April jam by inducing a double play. He also helped preserve a 1-0 win that month.

Larose played in 19 games at Jackson that year. He then spent the other half of 1990 back at St. Lucie. Overall, he turned in a 3.77 ERA and saved eight.

He moved to the Astros in 1991, traded there with one other player for Dan Schatzeder. He played 1991 back at Jackson, the new Astros affiliate. In 26 outings, he picked up one win and six saves.

Larose then played 1992 between Jackson and high-A Osceola. He went 5-5 over 29 outings, 11 starts, between them, with a 4.84 ERA.

He then is credited with playing three final games 10 years later with the independent Nashua Pride in 2002.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,164
Made the Majors:1,150-36.4%
Never Made Majors:2,014-63.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 476
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283

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