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Chuck Mount worked to be consistent over six pro seasons; Made AAA

Chuck Mount's manager at AA Memphis in 1987, Bob Schaefer praised the second-year to Mount's hometown Kansas City Star.

Mount, though, had pitched well at times, but also shaky at other times, Schaefer told The Star.

"When he's good, he's as good as anybody," Schaefer told The Star that August of Mount. "But basically, he's been a little inconsistent. He might be in a little over his head at Memphis and sometimes he starts to think about that."

Mount made the AA squad over 15 outings that year. He went on to play at AA over the next four seasons. He got one 10-game look at AAA, but he never saw the majors.

Mount's career began in 1986, taken by the Royals in the fifth round of the secondary phase of that year's June draft out of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College.

Mount started with the Royals at short-season Eugene. He went 3-2 over 29 relief outings, with a 3.35 ERA.

He then saw Memphis and single-A Appleton and Fort Myers for 1987. Overall, he got into 59 games, had a 3.23 ERA, with 21 saves. His Memphis time amounted to 15 outings and a 5.85 ERA.

That May, with Appleton, Mount picked up his fourth save for the team, getting out of some jams, according to The Appleton Post-Crescent.

"I was able to relax and not feel the pressure," Mount told The Post-Crescent afterward. "The coaching has really helped. I'm pitching from the stretch all the time now and breaking my hands sooner. That helps me from overthrowing."

After that season, the Royals sent Mount to the White Sox in a trade. He played 1988 and 1989 at AA Birmingham. He then arrived in the Cubs system for 1990 and played at AA Charlotte.

That August, he set down high draft pick Scott Bryant on a pop out, according to The Charlotte Observer.

"I try not to let it enter my mind," Mount told The Observer of facing the high pick. "He's got a uniform on, we're both in Double A, so we're equal right now."

 Mount then played 1991 back at Charlotte. He also saw 10 outings, three starts, at AAA Iowa. He went 1-2, with a 5.40 ERA there. That year marked his last as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,585
Made the Majors:1,243-34.7%
Never Made Majors:2,342-65.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:517
10+ Seasons in the Minors:305

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