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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Jeff Oller started out with high hopes; Saw six seasons, briefly made AA

Jeff Oller started his career with high hopes. Assigned to short-season Jamestown in 1985, he earned the selection from Baseball America as among the top 10 prospects in the New York-Penn League. 

From that start, Oller went on to see six total professional seasons. He played for two organizations. He briefly made AA.

Oller's career began that year in 1985, taken by the Expos in the third round of the draft out of Minden High School in Louisiana. He was also credited as Jeffrey Oller.

At Minden, Oller won All-State honors as a shortstop and pitcher. He was recommended and signed by Red Murf and Ray McMillan. 

With the Expos, he started at Jamestown. He hit .244 over 65 games. He returned to Jamestown and saw single-A Burlington in 1986. He started slowly, but closed out the last month hitting .287. He hit .193 overall.

Oller played 1987 entirely at Burlington. He hit .244 over 110 games. He hit 15 home runs on the year, his first in an April win.  He also picked up four hits in a May game and hit a grand slam in a July game.

Oller arrived at single-A West Palm Beach for 1988. He hit a triple in an early April game. He also hit four home runs, two of them on the same night in May. He also saw two games at AA Jacksonville. He went 0 for 3.

Oller started 1989 at single-A Rockford. He then got traded in May to the Rangers. He played the rest of the year at single-A Gastonia. He hit .263 over 97 games there.

He played 1990 at high-A Port Charlotte. He hit .275 over 104 games. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,937
Made the Majors:1,314-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,623-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:535
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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