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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Mike Deutsch played three seasons as a pro, then returned home and played another 15

Mike Deutsch pitched his Catasauqua Black Sox to a win this game in 1999, ended up being more difficult than the stats might suggest, The Allentown Morning Call wrote.

That's because Deutsch struck out 14, in the 12-7 win, The Call wrote.

 "I've never had a game like that before," Deutsch told The Call. "When you strike out 14 guys, you're usually working on a shutout. But the middle of their lineup was tough."

Deutsch pitched that year for Catasauqua deep into his semi-pro career in his home state of Pennsylvania. That career came after a brief career in the pros. He saw three seasons and topped out at high-A.

Deutsch's pro career began in 1988, taken by the Orioles in the eighth round of the draft out of Rider University.

Deutsch went to Rider out of Whitehall High in Cementon, Pa. He helped Whitehall to the 1984 conference championship by going seven innings in the title game, giving up five hits and picking off three, The Morning Call wrote.

"Mike Deutsch did a nice job on the mound and much credit must go also to John Churetta for the way he has coached Deutsch and everybody else on the staff," Whitehall coach Joe Steiner told The Morning Call then.

Deutsch started with the Orioles in 1988 at short-season Erie. He went 7-1 over 14 starts, with a 2.98 ERA.

He moved to single-A Frederick for 1989. He went 4-9 there, with a 4.94 ERA in 25 outings, 19 starts. He then returned to Frederick at high-A for 1990. He saw 23 outings, four starts. He went 4-0, with a 4.39 ERA. That season proved his last as a pro.

Deutsch then returned home to Pennsylvania and soon continued playing. He eventually played 15 seasons in the Blue Mountain League, winning 74 games and hitting .332 over his career In 2015, he made the league's Hall of Fame.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,097
Made the Majors:1,357-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,740-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:553
10+ Seasons in the Minors:335

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