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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Burgess Watts expressed confidence in college: Saw four pro seasons, at third and on mound, made high-A

The College of DuPage baseball team emerged from sectionals in 1990 confident and infielder Burgess Watts expressed that to The Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

"There isn't anybody they can throw against us that we can't hit," Watts told The Daily Herald that May. "That's the way we think. That's the way we feel."

Watts took that confidence from college on to the pros. His pro career lasted four seasons, including two seasons spent on the mound. He topped out at high-A.

Watts' pro career began that year in 1990, taken by the Dodgers in the 19th round of the draft out of DuPage.

Watts went to DuPage out of Wheaton Central High School in Illinois, where he also played quarterback in football. He played quarterback well enough there that his coach told The Chicago Tribune in August 1984 that Watts could be "the best we've ever had here."

On the baseball field at DuPage, Watts hit a May 1989 grand slam that sealed a win. He then conference Player of the Year honors in May 1990.

Watts started with the Dodgers at rookie Great Falls. He saw 51 games as a third baseman and hit .267. He had a scare in an August game, when he was hit in the chest by a pitch and taken by ambulance to the hospital. He was treated and released and then played the next night.

Watts moved to high-A Bakersfield and short-season Yakima for 1991. He hit .290 overall in 58 games.

Watts then moved to the mound and back to Yakima. He got into 24 outings there, starting one. He went 4-2, with four saves and a 3.58 ERA.

He then returned to Bakersfield for 10 more outings in 1993. He gave up 16 earned in 22.2 innings to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,383
Made the Majors:1,199-35.4%
Never Made Majors:2,184-64.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 498
10+ Seasons in the Minors:290

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