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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Fidel Compres played decade in affiliated ball; Accidentally caused woman's death in 1994 shooting in Las Vegas

Fidel Compres went out after a game with the AAA Las Vegas Stars in July 1994. He then ended up inside his apartment, along with a teammate, two women and his two guns, The Associated Press reported of the police account.

By the time the night was over, one of the two women was dead, shot in the neck, from a gun held by Compres, The AP wrote of the police account.

"Compres began playing with two guns he keeps at his apartment, a .38-caliber revolver and a 9mm semi-automatic," The AP wrote. "While allegedly twirling the 9mm around on a finger, it discharged, sending a bullet into the neck of the woman, who died instantly, (the police spokesman) said."

The shooting was ultimately determined not criminal, an accident. Compres played on elsewhere, but his time in affiliated ball had concluded. He last saw time in independent ball in 2000.

Compres' career in baseball began in 1984, signed by the Indians as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Compres started with the Indians at short-season Batavia and Utica. He then saw Batavia again in 1985 and 1986. He went 2-5, with a 4.08 ERA over 18 outings, two starts, in 1986.

Compres moved to single-A Waterloo for 1987 and 1988. in June 1987, he threw a two-hitter that included four walks, including three to one batter, The Waterloo Courier wrote.

"The hitter was too little," Compres told The Courier later of the batter he walked three times.

Compress went 5-5 for Waterloo in 1988, with a 4.41 ERA. He then moved to the Rangers and single-A Gastonia for an abbreviated 1989 and to high-A Port Charlotte and AA Tulsa for 1990.

Compress played 1991 with the Cardinals at AA Arkansas and AAA Louisville. He received praise in a game that spring for Louisville as he threw two perfect innings, The Louisville Courier-Journal wrote.

"Even though we didn't have much offense, our pitchers did a pretty good job," Louisville manager Mark DeJohn told The Courier-Journal. "Fidel Compres was impressive in his two innings of work."

Compres then arrived with the Padres at Las Vegas in mid-1993. He went 1-1, with a 5.54 ERA over 24 relief appearances. He saw two outings in 1994, before his elbow injury sidelined him.

Then came the July shooting incident that left 19-year-old Sandra Cornejo dead. Prosecutors investigated the incident, but ultimately determined the conduct did not fit any criminal statutes, a prosecutor told The AP

Compres believed the gun was empty. The victim's mother also did not want Compres prosecuted, The AP wrote.

Compres returned to the field briefly in 1995 with Wei Chuan in Taiwan. He gave up five earned in 3.1 innings.

He's next credited with 27 outings between independent Bridgeport and Massachusetts in 1998 and then 31 final outings in 2000 between independent Valley and Tri-City to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,950
Made the Majors:1,318-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,632-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:538
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329-X

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