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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Carl Sullivan improved his patience as hitter, saw six pro seasons; Made AA

Coming off a season in 1987 where he'd hit just .228, Carl Sullivan seemed to hit his stride in 1988, The Tampa Tribune wrote.

At single-A Tampa, Sullivan had a .310 mark by early June. He also had 21 RBI and 12 stolen bases, The Tribune wrote.

"I think I've become a lot more patient as a hitter," Sullivan told The Tribune. "That's the kind of thing that comes with experience." 

Sullivan used that experience in his third season as a pro. He went on to see time in six. He topped out at AA.

Sullivan's career began in 1986, taken by the White Sox in the second round of the draft out of Brenham High in Texas.

Sullivan started with the White Sox at single-A Appleton and in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .223 over 61 games.

He moved to single-A Daytona Beach for 1987, where he hit that .228. He then remained in the Florida State League at Tampa in 1988 and finished with a .285 mark, but hit .237 in 1989 at Sarasota.

Sullivan then started 1990 back at high-A Sarasota. He did well, then got hurt, he recalled to The South Bend Tribune that July. He then came back and endured an 0 for 45 slump and soon got sent to single-A South Bend and he picked up a bit.

"I like South Bend better than Sarasota because of the fans," Sullivan told The Tribune of the move. "In Sarasota, they average about 200 or 300 fans a game. Here they average about 3,500 fans a game. Those big crowds make you want to try harder."

He hit a total of .252 in 1990, then saw AA Birmingham in 1991, along with Sarasota. He got into 45 games at Birmingham and hit .234. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,824
Made the Majors:1,286-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,538-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:321

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