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Keith McKoy hit, used his speed enough to see three pro seasons; Made single-A

With two men on in this July 1990 game and his team just having tied it, Keith McKoy worked to break that tie, The Spokane Spokesman-Review wrote.

McKoy then proceeded to smack a two-run single to left, then proceeded to steal second and third before scoring himself on an error, The Spokesman-Review wrote.

"I just wanted to hit the ball," McKoy told The Spokesman-Review afterward. "The coaches gave me the green light on those steals. I just wanted to get into scoring position."

McKoy ended up hitting enough to see three total pro seasons. He topped out at single-A.

McKoy's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Padres in the eighth round of the draft out of Southeastern Illinois College.

McKoy started with the Padres at Spokane. He got into 64 games and hit .242. He also stole 18 total bases.

In another July 1990 game, McKoy went 3 for 3 and knocked in two runs, according to The Spokesman-Review. He credited the Padres scout that signed him, Randy Johnson, being in the stands.

"Randy being here gave me a little incentive," McKoy told The Spokesman-Review.

McKoy then moved to single-A Charleston for 1991. He hit .256 there over 89 games. He stole 31 bases.

McKoy played 1992 at single-A Waterloo. That August, his quickness turned into a Waterloo game-winner as he beat out an infield single, The Waterloo Courier wrote.

"McKoy just put the ball in the right position and utilized his speed," Waterloo manager Keith Champion told The Courier.

McKoy finished the year hitting .206 over 81 games, with 20 stolen bases. That season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,048
Made the Majors:1,345-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,703-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:548
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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