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Trey McCoy returned from early retirement to see nine pro seasons; Made AAA

Trey McCoy believed he should have made AA to start 1990. When he didn't, in his third professional season, he retired, The Newport News Daily Press.

McCoy soon returned, and he made AA the next year and then AAA later. But, in his eighth pro season in 1995, he hadn't broken through to the bigs.

''Sometimes it's almost like they want to see what you can handle, see if you can handle the struggles," McCoy told The Daily Press. "Early in my career, I couldn't handle it. Now I can."

While he showed he could deal with the struggles, McCoy saw one more campaign. He never made the bigs.

McCoy's career began in 1988, taken by the Rangers in the ninth round of the draft out of Virginia Tech.

McCoy started with the Rangers at rookie Butte. He hit .357 in 68 games, with 15 home runs. He then made single-A Gastonia for 1989, where he hit .280, with 18 home runs.

Then came 1990, when McCoy hoped he'd make AA Tulsa. Instead, he was assigned to high-A Port Charlotte. He started there, but had trouble early. After a May 25 double-header where he'd struck out five times, he left, The Charlotte Observer wrote.

"My attitude wasn't there," McCoy told The Observer that August, after his return and a move back to Gastonia. "I wasn't having any fun. I figured there was no reason for me to be there."

McCoy saw 24 games at Gastonia down the stretch that year and hit .338. He then made Tulsa for 1991. He saw 44 games and hit .241. He returned to Gastonia and Tulsa for 1992, but again saw fewer games. He briefly accepted his release over going back to Gastonia, but again returned, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote.

He played full time in 1993 and hit .293 in 125 games at Tulsa. He also saw eight games at AAA Oklahoma City. McCoy told The Star-Telegram that July that he knew he just needed to focus on his work.

"That [the big leagues] is always in the back of every player's mind," McCoy told The Star-Telegram. "But I can't worry about it. I just have to keep putting up the numbers."

McCoy then played 1994 completely at Oklahoma City. He hit .306, with 15 home runs. He started 1995 back at Oklahoma City, then saw Mexico and AAA Norfolk with the Mets. He played 26 games at Norfolk in 1996 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,939
Made the Majors:1,314-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,625-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:535
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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