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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ed Ferm tested his arm at Lakeland; Played four pro seasons, made high-A

In a season preview, The Tampa Tribune listed off high-A Lakeland's new pitching staff and included right-hander Ed Ferm.

Lakeland manager Johnny Lipon wasn't sure exactly what he had, The Tribune wrote.

"All these kids could have the greatest arms in the world, but it doesn't mean anything unless they can get the ball over the plate," Lipon told The Tribune. "That's what we have to find out."

Ferm pitched that year in his third season as a pro. He went on to see just one more. His arm took him as high as high-A.

Ferm's career began in 1988. A native of New Jersey, he'd been taken in the 38th round of the previous year's draft out of Long Beach City College in California. 

Ferm started with the Tigers at rookie Bristol. He got into 16 games, all in relief. He went 1-2, with a 6.51 ERA.

He moved to single-A Fayetteville for 1989. He went 6-10 there as a starter over 16 starts. He ended with a 3.96 ERA. He also threw two complete games, by early August, the only team starter to do that.

Ferm played 1990 between Fayetteville and high-A Lakeland. He started 18 games and went 6-7 at Lakeland and three starts going 0-3.

He returned to Lakeland for 1991. He got into 17 games, 15 starts. He went 4-8, with a 5.00 ERA to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,734
Made the Majors:1,265-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,469-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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