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Thursday, April 1, 2010

1990 Cleveland Indians minor leaguers


Features on each of the 1990 Cleveland Indians minor leaguers

Complete:

  • AAA - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (28)
  • AA - Canton-Akron Indians (30)
  • High-A - Kinston Indians (30)
  • Rookie - Burlington Indians (28)
To Come:
  • Short-Season - Watertown Indians

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (28)

1 - Rick Adair, Learning A Lot
Rick Adair knew the importance of holding runners close. He took those lessons to a job as a coach.
2 - Beau Allred, Got It
Beau Allred robbed Matt Nokes of a home run and played in three major league seasons.
3 - Buddy Bell, Very Lucky Buddy Bell played in 18 major league seasons. He managed in nine.
4 - Juan Castillo, Ready Whenever
Juan Castillo tried to stay ready whenever the Brewers needed him.
5 - Alan Cockrell, Easy Decision
Alan Cockrell showed his love for baseball by playing for 13 seasons, and having a long coaching career.
6 - Jeff Edwards, Back In Shape
Jeff Edwards played seven seasons in the minors. He made AAA but never the bigs.
7 - Ty Gainey, One Spring
Ty Gainey impressed Astros brass in spring 1985, but not enough to be a regular.
8 - Jeff Kaiser, Shattered Bat
Jeff Kaiser got his first major league save after first getting through Ken Griffey Jr.
9 - Tom Lampkin, Ultimately Played
Tom Lampkin was fine with playing daily at AAA, as long as he ultimately played in the majors.
10 - Ever Magallanes, Highest Level
Will Magallanes was once a White Sox prospect. He later had ugly incident with a bat.
11 - Tom Magrann, Catching Opportunities
Tom Magrann threw out two runners in one inning at AA, made majors for nine games with the Indians.
12 - Jeff Manto, Streak Hitter
Jeff Manto was a streak hitter in 1995, hit two home runs each on consecutive nights.
13 - Greg McMichael, Worked Out
Greg McMichael's career was threatened by injury before his major league debut. He played in eight major league seasons.
14 - Luis Medina, Really Fun
Luis Medina hit a homer in his native Southern California. It ended up being the last of his 10 in the majors.
15 - Bobby Molinaro: All Bobby Molinaro asked was for his players to stay on top of the game mentally while they were between the white lines.
16 - Troy Neel, Another Name
Troy Neel went by many names in his career, among the names: "Deadbeat Dad."
17 - Doug Robertson, Be Realistic
Doug Robertson played seven seasons, never made the majors. He then returned for spring 1995.
18 - Jeff Shaw, Changed Gears
Jeff Shaw changed gears late in his career to become a closer, focus on his family.
19 - Joe Skalski, Quick Ending
Joe Skalski's brief two-game major league career with the Indians ended on an ejection.
20 - Steve Springer, Rather Play
Steve Springer spent 11 seasons at AAA, much of that at Tidewater. He made the majors for eight games. 
21 - Dwight Taylor, Good Jump
Dwight Taylor knew it was important to get a good jump. He made the jump to the majors for four games.
22 - Efrain Valdez, Breaking Pitch
Efrain Valdez had a choice on his first pitch back. He threw a fastball and then gave up a home run.
23 - Mike C. Walker, Two Dreams
Mike Walker got his first major league win the same night he almost got his first major league complete game shutout.
24 - Colby Ward, Good Day
Colby Ward's family saw his first major league win for the Indians. He didn't get another. He got into 22 games in relief in 1990.
25 - Turner Ward, Played Hard
Turner Ward only knew how to play all-out. He did so in 12 major league seasons.
26 - Casey Webster, Couldn't Replicate
Casey Webster didn't feel his good minor league season was a fluke. He made AAA, but never made the majors.
27 - Jeff Wetherby, Roller Coaster
Jeff Weatherby played in 52 games with the Braves in 1989. He couldn't get back.
28 - Carl Willis, Track Record
Carl Willis became a major league pitching coach after nine seasons in the majors as pitcher.


Canton-Akron Indians (30)
1 - Ken Bolek, Teaching Skills
Ken Bolek focuses on technical skill as a youth academy coach. He has had a long career as a player and coach.
2 - Jim Bruske, Home Debut
Jim Bruske enjoyed the moment of his first home major league outing.
3 - Al Collins, No Hitter
Al Collins threw a no-hitter for West Palm Beach. He played eight seasons, but he never made the bigs.
4 - Mike Curtis, Future Considerations
Mike Curtis once got traded for Mike Bielecki, later for a strange notion of "future consideration."
5 - Bruce Egloff, Follow Up
Bruce Egloff made the majors, then lost a year to surgery. He never returned to the bigs.
6 - Daren Epley, Proper Mechanics
Daren Epley learned proper mechanics from his college coach. He played six seasons as pro.
7 - Jeff Fassero, That Long
Jeff Fassero had the time of his life in a near-no-hitter. He played in 16 major league seasons.
8 - Sam Ferretti, Stuck With
Sam Ferretti planned to stay as long as he did well. He stayed for seven seasons, but he never made the bigs.
9 - Manny Francois, Walk Off
Manny Francois played in a 26-inning minors marathon. He then got the walk-off hit.
10 - Will George, Saw Enough
Will George made sure Quilvio Veras was with the Marlins in 1995. Veras was and played well. 
11 - Leverne Jackson, His Stats
Leverne Jackson tried not to look at his stats. He produced stats in eight seasons, but not in the majors.
12 - Carl Keliipuleole, College Performance
Carl Keliipuleole got his BYU coach a milestone win. He couldn't get himself to the bigs.
13 - Joe Kesselmark, Finer Points
Joe Kesselmark credited his high school coach with his success. He made the pros, but not the bigs.
14 - Lee Kuntz, Much Observation
Lee Kuntz has spent decades as a trainer watching his players.
15 - Mark Lewis, Hot Start
Mark Lewis started off hot with the Indians in 1991. He cooled down, but he played in 11 major league seasons. 
16 - Al Liebert, Big Play
Al Liebert got Bernie Williams out on a snap throw at AA. He never got the chance to do so in the majors. 
17 - Francisco Melendez, Biggest Thing
Francisco Melendez got comfortable. He then hit in five major league seasons.
18 - Gregory McMichael returned from minors knee surgery to make eight major league seasons
19 - Jeff Mutis, Another Shot
Jeff Mutis was glad to get another shot at the majors in 1992. He played there in parts of four seasons.
20 - Charles Nagy, Burning Desire
Charles Nagy knew how to pitch in the big leagues. He later became the Diamondbacks' pitching coach.
21 - Jim Orsag, Best Swing
Jim Orsag received high praise in 1989. He never made the majors.
22 - Greg Roscoe, Pitched Inside
Greg Roscoe pitched inside as a pro for six seasons. He never made the majors.
23- Miguel Sabino, Unremarkable Trade
Miguel Sabino was traded from the Braves to the Indians for 1990. He never made the majors.
24 - Rudy Seanez, Do Anything
Rudy Seanez was ready to pitch anywhere for the Braves in 1998. He played in 17 major league seasons.
25 - Rob Swain, His Chance
Rob Swain got his chance in collegiate ball and later in the pros. He never made the majors.
26 - Jim Tatum, No Doubt
Jim Tatum went to Japan, then earned a fifth season with time in bigs.
27 Casey Webster showed some power at single-A; Played six seasons, made AAA, not bigs
28 - Robbie Wine, Lucky Enough
Robbie Wine didn't have time to get nervous in his major league debut.
29 - Delwyn Young, Racing Home
Delwyn Young Sr. stole home, a month after his son Delwyn Jr. was born.
30 - Roberto Zambrano, Recovered Fine
Roberto Zambrano recovered from injury and made AAA. He couldn't make the bigs. 


Kinston Indians (30)


Burlington Indians (28)

1 - Sam Baker, College List

Sam Baker caught the eye of the Indians. He played just three seasons as pro.
2 - Jeff Brohm, Be Ready
Jeff Brohm played for the 49ers, the Chargers and the Burlington Indians.
3 - Dickie Brown, Record Book
Dickie Brown once struck out 13 in a game for the High Desert Mavericks.
4 - Shawn Bryant, In Position
Shawn Bryant hated to lose. He never made the bigs.
5 - Dan Devoe, Chosen Profession
Dan Devoe played in college. He then turned to his chosen profession.
6 - Alan Embree, This Long
Alan Embree was ready to pitch when called upon.
7 - Miguel Flores, Much Energy
Baseball gave Miguel Flores energy.
8 - Steve Gajkowski, Always Hope

Steve Gajkowski knew there was always hope for the bigs.
9 - Matt Gilmore, More Excited
Matt Gilmore moved to a new high school. He then turned pro.
10 - Sam Hence, Early Lead
Sam Hence helped his team with a home run. He never made AA.
11 - Pedro Henderson, Best Season
Pedro Henderson's best season was 1991. He only played in four.
12 - Stan Hilton, His Command
Stan Hilton briefly coached a young Max Scherzer.
13 - Roberto Jimenez, Early Start
Roberto Jimenez had an early start and early end to his career.
14 - Carl Johnson, Just Fine
Carl Johnson knew his team would do just fine.
15 - Dave Keller Long Time
Dave Keller has been in professional baseball a long time.
16 - John Martinez, A Second
John Martinez was almost the first Puerto Rican drafted.
17 - Shawn McElfish, 'A' Game
Shawn McElfish needs his A game as a coach, police officer.
18 - Frank Monastero, Bigger Thrill
Frank Monastero made his twilight league's hall of fame.
19 - Ramon Ortiz, Rookie Ball
Ramon Ortiz played three seasons, all in rookie ball.
20 - Mike Pinckes, Wanted To
Mike Pinckes did what he wanted to do, play as a pro.
21 - Tracy Sanders, Big Threat
Tracy Sanders was a big threat at AA. He never made the bigs.
22 - Tim Thomas, Those Hits
Tim Thomas knew one hit could change everything.
23 - Jim Thome, Steak Dinner
Jim Thome played because he loved the game.
24 - Tony Tillman, Better Things
Tony Tillman wasn't drafted as a fill-in. He played just two seasons.
25 - Ramon Torres, Native Country
Ramon Torres started in the Dominican Republic. His U.S. career was brief.
26 - Alan Walden, Wound Up
Alan Walden didn't know the Indians would take him. He played four pro seasons.
27 - Von Wechsberg, One Run
Von Wechsberg started well in his third pro season.
28 - Darrell Whitmore, Key Thing
Darrell Whitmore started strong with the Marlins, then reality set in.

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