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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Tony Mosley signed out of high school because he loved the game; Saw seven seasons, made AA

Tony Mosley signed with the Red Sox out of high school in June 1987 and his father Charles Mosley explained to The Tampa Tribune the importance.

"He's going into a dream," the father told The Tribune. "He signed because it's an opportunity. All he's ever talked about is professional baseball. ... He signed not because of the bonus but because of his love for the game."

Mosley took his love for the game on to seven pro seasons. He couldn't take it to the majors. He topped out at AA.

Mosley's career began in 1987, taken by the Red Sox in the 22nd round of the draft out of Fort Meade High School in Florida.

He started at short-season Elmira. The pitcher went 3-2 over 17 mostly relief appearances, with a 3.44 ERA. He then moved to single-A Winter Haven for 1988. He went 2-8, with a 5.09 ERA in 33 outings, six starts.

That April in 1988, Mosley got caught up in a crackdown on balks. He got called for two in a game that saw six total, The Tribune wrote. Mosley didn't like the new emphasis.

"After I got called for the first one in that game, I was just so worried about the balks that I couldn't throw strikes. It's ridiculous," Mosley told The Tribune.

Mosley played 1989 back at Elmira, then 1990 mostly at high-A Winter Haven. He played 1991 at high-A Lynchburg, then made AA in 1992 at New Britain. He went 2-4, with a 5.00 ERA at New Britain over 49 outings, two starts.

He then split 1993 between high-A Fort Lauderdale and New Britain. Late that August, he came on in a jam and induced a double-play, The Hartford Courant wrote.

"I just wanted to get ahead of (him). I like coming in situations like that because my adrenalin is flowing," Mosley told The Courant.

Mosley saw 32 relief appearances overall in 1993. He went 2-1, with a 5.21 ERA. That season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,924
Made the Majors:1,307-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,617-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:530
10+ Seasons in the Minors:327-X

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