The latest example of that, was his seven-inning scoreless outing that night to move his personal scoreless streak to 26 frames, The Observer wrote.
"I think my fastball has been getting a lot better," Washington told The Observer of his success. "The pitching coach (Jackson Todd) has been working a lot with me. I'm just starting to get into my groove now."
Washington's success at Gastonia that year turned into a promotion to high-A. He would continue pitching in two more seasons. He never made AA.
Washington's career began in 1989, taken by the Rangers out of Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana.
Washington started with the Rangers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw six games, three starts. He gave up 10 earned in 10.1 innings.
"I really would have liked to have stayed in," Washington told The Standard, "especially with a no-hitter going."
Washington moved to Gastonia and high-A Port Charlotte for 1991. He went 9-2 on the year, with a 3.11 ERA over 23 outings, 14 starts.
He played 1992 at high-A Fort Myers, his season limited to five starts. He then returned to Port Charlotte for 23 relief outings in 1993. He went 1-2, with a 5.14 ERA to end his career.
- Montana Standard, June 22, 1990: Kings slug Pioneers
- Charlotte Observer, June 2, 1991: Rangers scoot home with quick victor over Sumter
Made the Majors:1,202-35.0%
Never Made Majors:2,232-65.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:295