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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Joe Demus helped his manager early in 1990 as bullpen catcher; Saw three pro seasons, made AA

Early in the 1990 season, Elmira Pioneers manager Mike Verdi needed to bring in a reliever. But, of two hurlers up in the pen, he didn't know exactly who to bring in, Verdi told The Elmira Star-Gazette.

So, Verdi turned to his bullpen catcher, Joe Demus, to help make the choice, Verdi told The Star-Gazette.

"We had two kids out there warming up and I didn't know anything about either one of them," Verdi told The Star-Gazette. "I just asked Joe who was throwing the best. He told me and that's who came in."

Demus served as a backup catcher for Elmira that year. He went on to see time in two more campaigns. He topped out at AA.

Demus' career started in 1990, signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent out of his native West Virginia.

Demus started with the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He got into 51 games and hit .244. He moved to high-A Winter Haven for 1991. He hit .110. 

He then returned to Winter Haven for four games in 1992 and he also saw 23 at AA New Britain. He went 12 for 62 at New Britain and he hit his only professional home run. That season turned out to be his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,698
Made the Majors:1,256-34.0%
Never Made Majors:2,442-66.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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