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Monday, June 13, 2022

Jack Peel went undrafted, then had good summer game and signed; Saw five seasons, made high-A

Left undrafted in 1986 after a season where he hit .332 at Memphis State, Jack Peel continued to play for a summer all-star team, then the White Sox called, The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote that June.

The call came after a game where Peel had picked up three hits, including a double, The Commercial Appeal wrote.

"I was hoping I would have one or two good games and maybe somebody would take notice," Peel told The Commercial Appeal then. "I think (that game) had something to do with them calling."

Peel took that call on to five seasons as a pro. He topped out at high-A. He later became a coach.

Peel's career began that year in 1986, signed by the White Sox as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis State.

Peel also played at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he made the school's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Peel started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .195 over 38 games. 

He played 1987 at single-A Charleston and at at single-A Daytona Beach. He hit .294 overall in 105 games. He also hit eight home runs and stole 12 bases.

Peel played 1988 at single-A Tampa, then single-A Sarasota in 1989. He hit .229 and .277.

For 1990, he moved to the Rangers system. He played the year at high-A Port Charlotte. He hit .229 in 87 games. That season proved his last as a pro.

Peel soon returned to Memphis as a graduate assistant and assistant coach. He's also served as head softball coach at Lambuth University and at Lyon College and as an assistant baseball coach with Trevecca University in Nashville.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,940
Made the Majors:1,314-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,626-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:535
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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