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Friday, April 2, 2021

Ernesto Santana got called up for exhibition; Saw seven pro seasons, never saw AA

Ernesto Santana got called up to the Pirates in April 1985, just not actually to the big club, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Pirates were set for an exhibition against their Carolina League club Prince William, but they called up several players just for the exhibition, including Santana, The Post-Gazette wrote.

For Santana, that exhibition callup turned out to be just about the closest he'd get to the majors. He played in seven pro seasons. He never made AA.

Santana's career began in 1984, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Santana started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into eight games, starting four, went 1-5, with a 4.91 ERA.

He moved  to short-season Watertown for 1985, the first of five seasons where he would spent at least part of the year in the New York-Penn League. He ended with a 5.65 ERA over 19 relief outings.

Santana played 1986 between the GCL and single-A Macon, then 1987 between Macon and short-season Batavia. He took a loss in an April 1987 game for Macon as he went five and gave up four earned.

He then played 1988 at the NYPL's Watertown, getting 12 outings, three starts. He signed with the Blue Jays for 1989 and returned to the NYPL with St. Catharines. He saw 10 relief outings there.

For 1990, he signed with the White Sox at Utica and at co-op Erie, both also in the NYPL. He saw five outings at Utica and six at Erie to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,614
Made the Majors:1,247-34.5%
Never Made Majors:2,367-65.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:306

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