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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Ray Calhoun worked to throw strikes over four pro seasons; Made AA

Ray Calhoun made the jump from high-A to AA in mid-1991 and he also saw his role change, from closer to setup man, his hometown Greenville News wrote.

While he saw the hitters at AA San Antonio to be more selective, Calhoun told The News his approach remained unchanged in his new setup role.

"It's basically the same," Calhoun told The News that July. "You come in, throw strikes and get people out."

Calhoun worked to throw strikes over four professional seasons. He only threw enough to make it to AA. He didn't make it higher.

Calhoun's career began in 1989, taken by the Dodgers in the 28th round of the draft out of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Calhoun started with the Dodgers between single-A Bakersfield and rookie Great Falls. He went 1-1, with two saves and a 2.57 ERA between them.

The Great Falls Tribune counted Calhoun as among the team's top relief candidates as the Great Falls season began that June. In early July, Calhoun picked up his second save and continued the "mystifying" work of the day's starter.

He moved to high-A Vero Beach for 1990. He went 7-1 over 31 relief outings, saving two. He returned to Vero Beach for 1991. He went 6-1, with a 2.56 ERA as he saved 13 and won a spot at San Antonio. 

He went 0-3 there, with a 6.37 ERA over 21 relief outings at San Antonio in 1991. He saved one. He then returned to San Antonio for most of 1992, and saw Bakersfield. He saw 32 outings at San Antonio. He  went 1-4, with a 2.51 ERA and five saves. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,862
Made the Majors:1,294-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,568-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:324

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