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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Mike Davino worked on his velocity and sharpness; Saw three pro seasons, not a fourth

Mike Davino looked ahead to the 1992 season with hopes of making it to AAA or even the majors, The Asbury Park Press wrote that February.

With three pro seasons under his belt, Davino pointed to his work as helping him, The Press noted.

"Every year my velocity has increased and the sharpness of my breaking ball has increased," Davino told The Press. "I've been working on my changeup."

But, no matter what work Davino had put in, he didn't get onto a regular season field again. He didn't make AAA or anywhere else that season. His pro career ended with three seasons played and a single game at AAA.

Davino's career began in 1989, taken by the White Sox in the 42nd round of the draft out of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Davino played his high school ball in New Jersey, at Brookdale High. He went 10-3 there in 1987-1988

He started with the White Sox in 1989 at short-season Utica. He went 6-1, with a 2.82 ERA over 19 outings, one start. He saved two.

He moved to high-A Sarasota in 1990. He went 8-9 with a 3.91 mark there over 46 outings, 13 starts. He saved six. Davino also got a one-game look at AAA Vancouver. He saw one inning, gave up a walk, but no hits or runs.

Davino started 1991 at AA Birmingham. In 25 relief outings, he went 1-4, with a 3.45 ERA. He then moved to the Brewers and AA El Paso. He went 1-1, with a 5.61 ERA over 12 outings, one start. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,818
Made the Majors:1,286-33.7%
Never Made Majors:2,532-66.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:321

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