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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Jeff Lyle held his high school strikeout record; Played three pro seasons

Jeff Lyle starred at Port Angeles High School in Washington State. He set the school record for strikeouts.

He also pitched well enough to catch the eye of the Pirates and soon signed with them and turned pro.

Lyle, however, couldn't match the success he'd seen in high school. He played three seasons and topped out at single-A.

Lyle's career began in 1989, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of Port Angeles.

Lyle started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into nine games in relief and gave up 10 runs over 19 innings of work.

He moved to short-season Welland for 1990. There, he got into 30 games and started three. He went 4-4, with a 4.18 ERA and struck out 44.

Lyle arrived at single-A Augusta to start 1991. He got into five games and gave up 11 runs over 14.1 innings of work. The Pirates then wanted to send him back to the GCL. Lyle declined and was released.

In 2017, Lyle signed on as assistant head coach for the Casper Horseheads summer collegiate league team.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,330
Made the Majors:1,190-35.7%
Never Made Majors:2,140-64.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 494
10+ Seasons in the Minors:288

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