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Friday, February 10, 2023

Peter Estrada worked hard to pitch, prove himself over six pro seasons; Made AA

Tabbed as the short-season Elmira Pioneers' 1988 Opening Day starter, second-year player Peter Estrada looked forward to taking the mound, he told The Elmira Star-Gazette.

"I worked hard all spring for this," Estrada told The Star-Gazette then. "I think it will make me work harder now that I have a spot in the rotation. And I've got to prove myself to the younger players since I am a veteran."

Estrada played that year in the same spot where he played his first year, Elmira. He went on to see time in six seasons. He topped out at AA.

Estrada's career began in 1987, taken by the Red Sox in the 13th round of the draft out of Irvington High School in New Jersey.

At Irvington, Estrada went 8-0 into the area tournament, including a tournament win where he went seven, gave up just five hits and struck out 10.

Estrada started with the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He saw 14 outings, 10 starts and went 3-5,  with a 5.26 ERA. He then returned to Elmira for 1988 and went 6-8 over 16 starts, with a 2.50 ERA. 

Estrada played a brief 1989 at single-A Winter Haven, then at high-A Lynchburg for 1990. He went 7-7 there, with a 3.05 ERA.

For 1991, he moved up to AA New Britain. He went 2-12 there, with a 6.05 ERA in 25 outings, 16 starts. He returned to Lynchburg for 1992. He went 6-5 there, with a 3.53 ERA in 28 outings, 11 starts to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,124
Made the Majors:1,365-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,759-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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