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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Cory Satterfield proved reliable starter at single-A; Saw three seasons, made high-A

Cory Satterfield worked hard in 1989. By late August, he'd pitched 170 innings over 26 starts at single-A Springfield, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote

Even after all that, Satterfield indicated his arm felt good, The Post-Dispatch wrote.

"I haven't missed a start yet," Satterfield told The Post-Dispatch. "They told me to go home and rest my arm over the winter and I'd have a shot to make the Double A roster next spring."

Whether he got that rest or not, Satterfield went on to make high-A in 1990. But he couldn't match the success he saw at Springfield. He saw just 17 outings in 1990, marking the last of his career.

Satterfield's career began in 1988, taken by the Cardinals in the 26th round of the draft out of Campbell University in North Carolina.

Satterfield started with the Cardinals at short-season Hamilton. He saw 18 outings, 11 starts. He went 5-4, with a 3.28 ERA.

He moved to Springfield in 1989 and became one of the squad's top pitchers. He went 15-8, with a 2.87 ERA over 27 starts. He threw a four-hit shutout in June.

That April, his manager Dan Radison assessed Satterfield to The Wisconsin State Journal after an outing where Satterfield went five innings and gave up one earned.

"He has a tendency to overthrow and then get frustrated when he can't keep the ball down," Radison told The State Journal. "But once he settled down he had no problems."

Satterfield started 1990 at high-A St. Petersburg. He went 1-8,  with a 6.12 ERA in 17 outings, 10 starts. By mid-August, he had retired.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,982
Made the Majors:1,325-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,657-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:542
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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