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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mike Couture ran himself from college to the pros; Saw four pro seasons, made AA

Clemson's Mike Couture swiped third base late in this May 1989 game, then he almost got picked off, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal wrote.

The second play, the pickoff attempt, drew arguments from the opposing coach over whether he made it back, The Herald-Journal wrote, but Couture assured the paper the umpire made the right call.

"I was safe easy both times," Couture told The Herald-Journal after he scored the winning run. "The second time, I hung out there too long, but I got back in plenty of time."

Couture went on from Clemson to turn pro the next year. He played four seasons and topped out at AA.

Couture's career began in 1990, taken by the Brewers in the 16th round of the draft out of Clemson.

Couture started with the Brewers at rookie Helena. The catcher got into 42 games and hit .217. He singled and scored in an August game. He then hit one of his three home runs on the year the next week. He also stole seven bases.

Couture moved to high-A Stockton for 1991. He hit .195 there in 80 games and stole 25 bases. He also saw a game at single-A Beloit.

Couture made AA El Paso for five games in 1992 and saw 56 back at Beloit. He hit .348 in 56 games at Beloit that year. He swiped 23.

Couture then returned to Stockton and El Paso in 1993. He saw four games at El Paso and went 0 for 4. He also hit .241 in 32 games at Stockton. That season proved his last as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,412
Made the Majors:1,202-35.2%
Never Made Majors:2,210-64.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:294

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