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Javier Ocasio won a single-A game with base hit; Saw six pro seasons, made AA

The South Bend White Sox needed a hit in this August 1988 game to end it and Javier Ocasio came through, The South Bend Tribune wrote.

In bottom of the 12th inning, Ocasio picked up that base hit to knock in the game-winning run, The Tribune wrote.

"It was a fastball inside," Ocasio explained afterward to The Tribune. "I was looking for a base hit anywhere to get the game over."

Ocasio picked up that hit in his third professional season. He went on to play in a total of six. He topped out at AA.

Ocasio's career began in 1986, signed by the White Sox as a 16-year-old free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Ocasio started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw 39 games there in 1986 and 29 there in 1987. He hit .343 there his second year.

He moved to single-A South Bend for 1988. He went on a run that July where he picked up 9 hits in 14 at bats. He hit .272 overall and won team MVP honors that August.

Ocasio made single-A Sarasota for 1989 and hit .250 in 101 games. He returned to Sarasota at high-A in 1990 and played two games at AA Birmingham.

He played all of 1991 at Birmingham. In 102 games, he hit .224. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,823
Made the Majors:1,286-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,537-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:321

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