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Monday, January 13, 2020

Elvin Paulino hit well at Winston-Salem; Played six seasons, made AAA, not bigs

When Elvin Paulino hit, he improved those around him, specifically the guy batting in front of him, Paulino's manager at Winston-Salem manager Brad Mills told The Newport News Daily Press in July 1990.

Mills specifically spoke of Paulino teammate Billy White, according to The Daily Press.

"The way Elvin is hitting, Billy's going to get better pitches to hit," Mills told The Daily Press. "Elvin's hitting well and Billy's going to get his hits."

Paulino hit .262 that year at Winston-Salem with 14 home runs. That season marked his fourth as a pro. He went on to play in two more. He made AAA, but not the bigs.

Paulino's career began in 1987, signed by the Cubs as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Paulino started with the Cubs that year between single-A Peoria and rookie Wytheville. He hit .205 in 49 games at Peoria, but .314 in 55 games at Wytheville. He knocked in a run on a bases-loaded ground out with Peoria in June.

He returned to Peoria for all of 1988 and 1989. He hit .233 his first year there and .295 his second.

Paulino arrived at high-A Winston-Salem for 1990. By June, Paulino was hitting .281 and had nine home runs and The Daily Press wrote he was impressing Cubs' brass.

Paulino then played 1991 at the next level, AA Charlotte. He hit .257, with a career-high 24 home runs. His ninth home run on the year came in a May 11-2 Charlotte victory.

His final season came in 1992 as he split time between Charlotte and AAA Iowa. He hit a home run in a spring game. He tripled and scored in a June game with Iowa. He hit .221 overall, with five home runs to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,274
Made the Majors:1,178-36.0%
Never Made Majors:2,096-64.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 486
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286

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