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Steve Rowley pitched well against top pick in 1990; Played six seasons, made AA

Going up against a top draft pick in July 1990, Gastonia Rangers hurler Steve Rowley performed like one himself, The Charlotte Observer wrote.

Rowley threw eight innings and gave up five hits to out-duel Cardinals' Donovan Osborne, The Observer wrote.

"It was my best start of the year by far," Rowley told The Observer afterward. "I threw strikes, and that's been my problem the last few games."

Rowley threw enough strikes to make AA Tulsa the next year - and for the three years after that. He played a total of six campaigns. He didn't make it higher.

Rowley's career began in 1989, taken by the Rangers in the 10th round of the draft out of Tulane University.

Rowley started with the Rangers at rookie Butte. He went 4-2 in 11 starts, with a 4.12 ERA.

He started 1990 at high-A Port Charlotte. He went 0-4 over five starts, with a 5.32 ERA. He then moved to single-A Gastonia, where he went 6-3 over 13 starts, with a 2.55 ERA.

Earlier that July in 1990, Rowley picked up a win against Columbia as he went seven innings, giving up four hits and one earned, The Observer wrote.

"I had to keep throwing strikes and keep them off balance," Rowley told The Observer. "With the wind blowing in, I just threw strikes. I didn't think they would hit it out of here."

Rowley saw 18 outings in 1991, split between Port Charlotte and Tulsa. He then just saw three outings at Tulsa in 1992.

Rowley returned full time in 1993, going 8-7 over 19 starts, with a 6.04 ERA. He then went 3-6 in 29 outings, nine starts in 1994, with a 6.18 ERA. That season in 1994 proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,944
Made the Majors:1,316-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,628-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:537
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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