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Friday, January 7, 2022

Mike Galvan ran out of gas in college win; Played four pro seasons, made high-A

Louisiana Tech's Mike Galvan pitched into the ninth inning of this April 1988 game, giving up five hits along the way and striking out 11 for the win, The Shreveport Journal wrote.

He improved as the game went along, The Journal wrote, but he also ran out of gas in the ninth inning to fall short of the complete game.

"I had nothing left," Galvan told The Journal afterward.

Galvan had enough left that year to turn pro. His pro career ended up lasting four seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Galvan's career began that year in 1988, taken by the White Sox in the 22nd round of the draft out of Louisiana Tech.

He picked up a March 1988 win for Louisiana Tech, a shutout where he faced the minimum through five.

Galvan started with the White Sox at short-season Utica. He saw five outings, three starts. He gave up nine earned runs over 17 innings.

Galvan then made single-A South Bend for 16 relief outings in 1989. He also saw two back at Utica. He picked up four wins at South Bend, his second in a two-inning scoreless relief stint in June.

He made high-A Sarasota in 1990, then returned there for 1991. He got into 39 relief outings in 1990, for a 3.19 ERA, then 14 in 1991 for a 4.32 mark. His 1991 campaign proved his last.

Galvan then returned home and continued playing into 1992 in semi-pro ball for the Fort Worth Jays, helping the club to that year's National Baseball Congress, throwing a complete game there in a loss after a tough first frame, The Wichita Eagle wrote.

"I battled back after that first inning and did the best I could," Galvan told The Eagle.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,820
Made the Majors:1,286-33.7%
Never Made Majors:2,534-66.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:321

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