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Friday, August 19, 2022

David Oliveras impressed Indians official early; Saw four pro seasons, made high-A

Indians minor leaguer David Oliveras pitched well when it counted early in the 1987 campaign for rookie Burlington, not only for his team, but for team brass, The Mansfield News-Journal wrote.

Cleveland vice president in charge of personnel Joe Klein saw the Puerto Rican native Oliveras pitch and liked what he saw, The News-Journal wrote.

"Luis Isaac and Orlando Gomez, two men in our organization found him and signed him," Klein told The News-Journal. "I saw him pitch for Burlington the other night. And even though it's not hard for a pitcher to impress me right now he really popped my eyes. We may have something there."

Oliveras went on from that early start to play four pro seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Oliveras' career began in 1987, signed by the Indians as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Oliveras started with the Indians at Burlington. He got into 11 games, starting six. He went 2-2, with a 4.80 ERA. 

He returned to Burlington for 1988. He went 2-1 over 10 outings, three starts. He had a 2.11 ERA. He picked up a June win as he went six innings and struck out 10.

Oliveras moved to single-A Kinston for 1989. He went 3-4 over 17 outings, 14 starts. He turned in a 4.11 ERA. He then returned to Kinston at high-A for 1990. He saw just four starts. He went 1-0, with a 5.40 ERA to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,003
Made the Majors:1,331-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,672-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:545
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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