Roeder had been at short-season Welland for two seasons, after two seasons spent in rookie ball.
"The biggest thing that players have to learn here is that baseball is a business," Roeder told The Press. "It's not the game it was in high school or college. There are a lot of details that make a difference here."
Roeder went on to play another season in rookie ball, but he'd never get above Welland. He played those five seasons, but he never got the details right enough to move higher.
Roeder's career began in 1988, taken by the Pirates in the 34th round of the draft out of Penn High in Mishawaka, Ind.
Roeder started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League. The pitcher saw six outings and gave up two earned runs in 12.2 innings of work. He returned there for 1989. He got into 12 outings that year, with a 4.02 ERA.
He arrived at Welland for 1990. In 18 outings, one start, Roeder went 1-3, with a 5.74 ERA. He then saw Welland again in 1991. He had a 2.14 ERA that year over 24 outings.
Roeder then moved to the Braves system and rookie Pulaski for 1992. He went 1-3, with a 5.26 ERA in 15 outings, six starts, to end his career.
- Pittsburgh Press, July 14, 1991: Hoping for a short stop
Made the Majors:1,188-35.8%
Never Made Majors:2,130-64.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 492
10+ Seasons in the Minors:287