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Darrell Lindsey knew it was on him to pitch his best; Saw five pro seasons, made AA

Entering the 1987 season, Southern Mississippi's Darrell Lindsey had his goals, and all of them were on the field - winning games and keeping his ERA low, he told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger that February.

He believed he could do both.

"If I give 110 percent every time out, I can be one of the be one of the best pitchers in the South," Lindsey  told The Clarion-Ledger. "It's all up to me, and I will give it 110 percent each time."

Lindsey pitched well enough that year and the next to catch the eye of scouts and turn pro. His pro career lasted five seasons. He topped out at AA.

Lindsey's career began in 1988, taken by the Phillies in the 38th round of the draft out of Southern Mississippi.

Lindsey started with the Phillies at rookie Martinsville. He started 13 games and went 6-5, with a 2.80 ERA.

That August, he picked up a win against Johnson City he overcame an earl home run, The Johnson City Press wrote.

"I was throwing fastballs, curves, sliders and changeups, but later in the game I was sticking mostly to the fastball," Lindsey told The Press. "I had pretty good control. My elbow has been bothering me some, but I felt pretty good tonight."

Lindsey moved to single-A Spartanburg for 1989. He went 8-12, with a 3.33 ERA. He made high-A Clearwater for 1990, going 10-9, with a 3.43 ERA. 

For 1991, he returned to Clearwater - and made AA Reading. He got into 17 games in relief at Reading, with a 6.68 ERA. He then played in one more season, entirely at Clearwater. In 40 mostly relief appearances, he went 3-2, with a 3.39 ERA to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,743
Made the Majors:1,268-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,475-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:310

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