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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Abby Rogriguez had fielding trouble in third pro season, was also last pro season

Sumter shortstop Abby Rodriguez had a tough start to this April 1991 game and it helped lead to a Sumter deficit, according to The Sumter Item.

Rodriguez committed an error in the first inning and another error in the second. Along with errors committed by two others, Sumter was left in a 4-0 hole, The Item wrote.

"We've continued to put ourselves behind in most of our games this season," Sumter manager Lorenzo Bundy told The Item afterward. "We're just making a lot of physical and mental mistakes."

Rodriguez made those errors to start his third professional season. That season also turned out to be his last professional season. He never made AA.

Rodriguez' career began in 1989, taken by the Expos in the 69th round out of his native Puerto Rico. Rodriguez was also credited with his given name, Abimael Rodriguez.

Rodriguez started with the Expos in the rookie Gulf Coast League. In 36 games, he hit .238, with 10 RBI.

He moved to short-season Jamestown and high-A West Palm Beach for 1990. He went 1 for 9 in four games at West Palm Beach, then hit .189 at Jamestown.

Rodriguez arrived at single-A Sumter for 1991. He scored four times in an April game, then went 2 for 3, with a run scored in a June game. He walked and scored in an August game. He got into 86 games in all and hit .212 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,186
Made the Majors:1,157-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,029-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 480
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283

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