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Roy Gilbert felt relaxed in high-A April 1990 win; Saw four pro seasons, made AA

Orange 1990 Roy Gilbert baseball card with Gilbert smiling, holding a bat; Two other same images zoomed in on sides

Roy Gilbert's Frederick Keys had success against the Peninsula Pilots in this April 1990 series, Gilbert, too, The Newport News Daily Press wrote.

The Keys not only continued a winning stretch, Gilbert picked up six hits and got on base 11 times, The Daily Press wrote.

"I felt relaxed," Gilbert told The Daily Press after a game where he scored three times. "I came into this series hitting the ball hard, but to no avail. I would hit line drives, but somebody would be there. I felt confident today."

Gilbert had that success early in his third season as a pro. He went on to see four in all. He topped out at AA.

Gilbert's career began in 1988, taken by the Orioles in the 22nd round of the draft out of Centenary College in Louisiana.

At Centenary, Gilbert saw his team's season end in the conference tournament, as the coach had the hot hitter Gilbert bunt, upsetting Gilbert. The Shreveport Journal wrote.

"Roy's probably our hottest hitter right now," coach Andy Watson told The Journal. "It was a case of playing the percentages."

Gilbert soon started with the Orioles at short-season Erie. He got into 73 games and hit .254. 

He moved to single-A Frederick in 1989. He got into 111 games there and hit .239. He then returned there at high-A for 1990 and hit .253.

For 1991, he saw 76 games at AA Hagerstown and 38 at Frederick. He hit .226 at Hagerstown. That season proved his last as a pro.

Orange 1990 Roy Gilbert baseball card with Gilbert smiling, holding a bat

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,120
Made the Majors:1,364-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,756-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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