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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Jim Wiley threw strong innings at high-A; Saw six pro seasons, topped out at AA

Jim Wiley did what he could for his Prince William Cannons this night in August 1990, but his bullpen couldn't hold it, The Raleigh News and Observer wrote.

What Wiley could was throw six scoreless and leave with a 5-0 lead over the Durham Bulls, before getting the no-decision, The News and Observer wrote.

"That rally, and six strong innings from Cannons starter Jim Wiley, meant little once the Bulls' bats caught fire in the ninth," The News and Observer wrote.

Wiley threw those strong innings in his second season as a pro. He went on to see the pros over six campaigns. He topped out at AA.

Wiley started in 1989, taken by the Yankees in the 12th round of the draft out of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, then Westark Community College.

At Westark, Wiley played pitcher and first base. By late-April 1989, he was batting .364 and had a 3-2 record. He also signed then with the University of Southern Mississippi, before later opting to go with the Yankees after the draft.

Wiley started with the Yankees in the rookie Gulf Coast League, as a pitcher. He went 3-4, with a 2.88 ERA over 11 outings, 10 starts.

He moved to high-A Prince William for 1990. He went 5-9 there, with a 4.34 ERA in 22 starts. Wiley went five innings, giving up two hits in a July win.

Wiley pitched an abbreviated 1991 campaign with seven starts between high-A Fort Lauderdale and the GCL. He returned for 15 outings, 13 starts in 1992 between the two teams. He went 6-5 overall, with a 3.51 ERA.

Wiley then saw Prince William again in 1993. He got into 36 games, 12 starts. He went 2-8, with a 4.73 ERA. His final pro time came in 1994 as he made AA Albany-Colonie. He saw 7 relief appearances, won once and gave up 10 earned in 13 innings of work to end his career.

Wiley then returned to Westark as an assistant coach. In June 1996, the assistant coach held a baseball camp for youth players.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,078
Made the Majors:1,351-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,727-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:549
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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