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Friday, May 29, 2020

David Baumann stuck out a bad back for win in 1990 start; Saw two pro seasons, made high-A

David Baumann came out and pitched a gem for Great Falls this night in August 1990, going seven scoreless in the win, according to The Great Falls Tribune.

But the outing almost didn't happen, Baumann told The Tribune afterward.

"I wasn't sure I was going to make the start tonight," Baumann told The Tribune. "My back has been hurting me and I came in and took some treatment from our trainer."

Baumann got through that game, one in his first season as a pro. He then got through more the next year. Those two seasons proved the extent of his career.

Baumann's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Dodgers in the 29th round of the draft out of Western New England College.

At Western New England, Baumann went 21-5 over four seasons and struck out 276 over 206 innings. He made the school's Hall of Fame in 2007.

With the Dodgers, Baumann went 7-3 overall, with a 3.03 ERA in 13 outings, 11 starts. That June, he went five scoreless and impressed his pitching coach Guy Conti, according to The Tribune.

"(Baumann) picked us up. We were hoping for four innings and he gave us five," Conti told The Tribune. "He pitched well. He earned another chance (for a start)."

Baumann moved to high-A Vero Beach and short-season Yakima for 1991. He saw 12 relief outings at Vero Beach and 13 outings, 12 starts at Yakima. Overall, he went 8-3, with 4.74 ERA to end his career.

He then went on to spend time in the U.S. Air Force, according to his Western New England bio.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,385
Made the Majors:1,199-35.4%
Never Made Majors:2,186-64.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 498
10+ Seasons in the Minors:290

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