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Friday, February 28, 2020

David Tellers turned his height into finesse pitching; Played seven pro seasons, made AA

David Tellers may not have been tall for a pitcher, but at San Jose State in California, he showed he could pitch, according to The Los Angeles Times in 1989.

By early April that year, the 5-foot, 11-inch hurler had amassed an unbeaten 11-0 record and in one outing took a no-hitter into the seventh, The Times wrote.

"I knew a lot of schools were looking for the over 6-foot guys who throw 90 m.p.h. fastballs," Tellers told The Times. "I've always been a finesse pitcher."

Tellers ultimately took his finesse pitching from San Jose on to the pros. He saw seven total seasons and topped out at AA.

Tellers' career began in 1990, taken by the Pirates in the 28th round of the draft out of San Jose State University.

Tellers started his college career at Rancho Santiago College. He threw six innings of shutout relief there for an April 1987 win.

At San Jose in February 1990, one of Tellers' coaches at Rancho Santiago talked up Tellers to the San Jose's Spartan Daily.

"He's a winner, the guy just loves to play," Rancho coach Don Sneddon told The Daily.

Tellers started with the Pirates at short-season Welland. He got into 20 games in relief and went 4-2, with a 1.36 ERA.

He moved to high-A Salem and AA Carolina in 1991. He turned in a 1.38 ERA over 40 outings at Salem, saving 10, and a 4.73 mark in 11 outings at Carolina.

Tellers returned to Salem and Carolina for 1992. He went 5-8 overall, with a 3.62 ERA and 12 saves.

For 1993, he moved into independent ball and Duluth-Superior. He went 7-3 there, with a 2.45 ERA and nine saves.

He returned to affiliated ball with the Rockies at AA New Haven for 1994 and 1995. He then finished out his career in 1996 at independent Minot.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,310
Made the Majors:1,186-35.8%
Never Made Majors:2,124-64.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 491
10+ Seasons in the Minors:286

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