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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lee Dorsey got drafted, but didn't sign; Signed out of tryout, saw three pro games

Lee Dorsey had previously been drafted by the White Sox, but he chose college over the pros, The Chicago Tribune wrote

But his trip to college didn't work out. So, in spring 1990, Dorsey entered a White Sox tryout camp, to see if he could once again catch the organization's attention, according to The Tribune.

It turned out he could. Out of 150 players there, he became one of only three to get signed, The Tribune wrote. And he went off to the minors.

For Dorsey, though, the White Sox' attention proved brief. Sent off to the minors, he appeared in all of three games, the extent of his pro career.

Dorsey's pro career began and ended that year in 1990, signed by the White Sox out of that tryout camp.  Dorsey was also credited as Carl Dorsey.

The White Sox had originally drafted him in 1988, in the 34th round of the draft out of Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C.

At Hanna, Dorsey played baseball, but he also played football. He caught a 15-yard pass in an October 1987 game.

On the baseball field, he hit home runs in consecutive playoff games in 1988 as Hanna went on to the title. He struck out just 22 times in his three-year high school career, while he had 38 extra-base hits.

He then passed on the White Sox in 1988, then proved he deserved a second look with the team in 1990.

With the White Sox, Dorsey saw both the rookie Gulf Coast League and short-season Utica. He saw one inning in the GCL. He gave up one unearned run.

At Utica, he saw two outings, but just two outs. In those two thirds of an inning, he was tagged for six earned runs and seven walks. Those three total outings in the GCL and at Utica proved the extent of his pro career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,611
Made the Majors:1,247-34.5%
Never Made Majors:2,364-65.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:306

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