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Monday, August 10, 2020

Chris Gies made AA, didn't want to get too excited; Played four pro seasons, didn't make bigs

Chris Gies earned the win for single-A Gastonia this night in July 1991. Then he earned the promotion - to AA Tulsa, The Charlotte Observer wrote.

For Gies, he tried to keep his emotions in check, The Observer wrote.

"I don't want to get so excited that I let down (at Tulsa)," Gies told The Observer. "I'll get excited at the end of the season, when the pressure's off and I look back at how I did."

Gies saw Tulsa that year and over the next two campaigns, but he never saw AAA, or the bigs. Later, though, he did come close to making his hometown Phillies, if under lesser circumstances

Gies' career began in 1990, taken by the Rangers in the 38th round of the draft out of Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma. Gies' name was also misspelled Chris Geis.

Gies played his high school ball at Philadelphia's Father Judge High, where he won Philadelphia Daily News' City Pitcher of the Year award in 1987. At Seminole in 1990, he went 14-3, with a 1.75 ERA.

With the Rangers, Gies started at rookie Butte. He went 6-2 on the year in 15 outings, 14 start, with a 3.77 ERA. 

He also threw five complete games on the year, his fifth of the season against Salt Lake. Gies' manager at Butte Bump Wills praised Gies' work after that August win to The Salt Lake Tribune.

"You saw the art of pitching," Wills told The Tribune of Gies. "[Gies] just kept the batters off balance. ... He's a smart pitcher, [and] he throws his breaking balls for strikes."

Gies then moved to Gastonia to start 1991 and on to AA Tulsa mid-year. He went 2-2 in eight outings, seven starts at Tulsa, with a 4.82 ERA.

He then returned to Tulsa for 16 starts in 1992 and 26 outings, eight starts in 1993, but he didn't make it higher.

Come spring 1995, he took one last look at the pros as a replacement player for his hometown Phillies to end his career.

"It was great to gear up for, but in the back of my mind I knew it wasn’t going to happen," Gies told The Northeast Times years later. "I never went in thinking I was a Phillie. I just wanted to do well enough to get a minor league contract somewhere to try again. When you don't get to where you want to be, it's tough, no matter what you do."
1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,435
Made the Majors:1,202-35.0%
Never Made Majors:2,233-65.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:295

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