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Friday, March 13, 2020

John Schulte worked hard enough to turn pro out of high school; Played three pro seasons

Sports Illustrated featured John Schulte's high school teammate Jon Peters in 1989 - and again 30 years later.

Peters had had a run in high school - 51-0 - but, after multiple issues, didn't make it to the pros, but Schulte remembered Peters as a hard worker.

"Jon worked harder than anybody on the team," Schulte told SI later. "He would run five miles every morning to stay in shape."

Schulte worked hard enough himself to make the pros. Schulte's pro career lasted three seasons. He made single-A.

Schulte's career began in 1990, taken by the Pirates in the third round of the draft out of Brenham High School in Texas.

Before hitting Brenham High, Schulte played Little League with Brenham and helped them make the 1986 Senior Little League title game. Schulte picked up a hit, but his team lost.

Schulte won school and district MVP in 1990. He also won all-state and other honors. He doubled and scored in the game SI attended.

With the Pirates, Schulte started at short-season Welland. He hit .216 over 63 games. He went 3 for 3 in on August game and scored a run in another.

On his Welland card back, the 5-foot, 8-inch Schulte cited Gregg Jeffries as his favorite major leaguer because "we're both short and play the infield."

Schulte moved to single-A Augusta for 1991 and returned there for 1992. He hit .215 there in 35 games in 1991. He then came back for 92 games in 1992. He hit .193 and stole 31 games in his final season as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,316
Made the Majors:1,188-35.8%
Never Made Majors:2,128-64.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 492
10+ Seasons in the Minors:287

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