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Dean Weese showed effort both on mound and at bat; Saw five pro seasons, made AA

Johnson City's Dean Weese may not have had the best night on the mound this game in July 1987, but he made up for it with his bat, The Kingsport Times-News wrote.

Weese gave up five earned over 6 2/3 innings of work. At the plate, though, he knocked a bases-loaded double. He also knocked in two more in another at bat for five RBIs in all, The Times-News wrote.

"If a pitcher can take a strong hack at a fastball, he's probably better than most," Johnson City manager Dan Radison told The Times-News. "If you take those two big hits away, it's a whole different ballgame. That was some kind of effort."

Weese gave that effort early on in his first season as a pro. He went on to see time in five pro campaigns. He made it up to AA.

Weese's career began that year in 1987, taken by the Cardinals in the seventh round of the draft out of U.S. International University in San Diego.

Weese started with the Cardinals at Johnson City. He went 2-4, with a 5.91 ERA in 13 outings, 10 starts. At the plate, he picked up those two hits and five RBI in nine total at bats.

He moved to short-season Hamilton for 1988. He saw 24 relief outings there, with a 3.00 ERA. He then moved to single-A Savannah, where he went 4-1, with a stellar 0.81 ERA in 54 starts.

Weese moved to high-A St. Petersburg and AA Arkansas for 1990. He went 3-5 on the year, with a 4.18 ERA in 49 relief outings. He also saved nine at St. Petersburg.

He returned to Arkansas for 1991. He gave up 21 earned runs in 19.2 innings of work to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,985
Made the Majors:1,326-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,659-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:543
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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