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Friday, October 1, 2021

Terry McDevitt dreamed of pros since junior high, made it; Saw five seasons, made AA

Terry McDevitt prepared to sign with the Padres out of college in June 1986 and he spoke to his hometown Mattoon Journal Gazette about his future. 

He wanted the chance to play professionally and he was going to get it starting at short-season Spokane, The Journal Gazette wrote.

"I've dreamed of it since junior high," McDevitt told The Journal Gazette of playing as a pro, "but it didn't seem realistic until two or three years ago."

The chance became real and he went on to play five pro seasons. He topped out at AA.

McDevitt's career began that year with the Padres, taken in the 27th round of the draft out of Eastern Illinois University.

At Spokane, McDevitt got into 54 games and hit .210. He moved to single-A Charleston for 1987. He hit .222  in  91 games there.

He played at single-A Riverside in 1988, then got to AA Wichita in 1989. In 21 games at Wichita, he hit .207. He also hit a home run, the first of his professional career.

"It felt good when I hit it," McDevitt told The El Paso Times. "I was just hoping it would carry over the wall."

McDevitt played the rest of the yea at single-A Waterloo. He hit .250 in 68 games. He moved to the Phillies system for 1990,  where he played at high-A Clearwater. He saw 53 contests and  hit .189 to end his career.

McDevitt went to Australia in 1994, where he served as a player manager. He then returned stateside and became a worked in schooling at a local district. For 2021, he signed on as manager for the collegiate Springfield Sliders in Illinois. 

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,747
Made the Majors:1,269-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,478-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:310

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