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Donovan Campbell knew value of work, saw four pro seasons

Donovan Campbell 1990 Durham Bulls card, Campbell holding a bat

Taken by the Braves after his junior year in college in 1988, Donovan Campbell opted to sign, his hometown Abbeville Meridional wrote.

He saw the Braves as giving him the opportunity to reach his goal of making the majors, he told The Meridional.

"I wanted to do this for the longest," Campbell told the Meridional of signing as a pro. "Now I have to work hard to accomplish my goal of playing in the major leagues."

Campbell ended up working as a pro over four seasons. He made it up to high-A. He never got closer to the bigs.

Campbell's career began that year in 1988, taken by the Braves in the 22nd round of the draft out of Texas Southern University. Campbell was also credited as Don Campbell and D.C. Campbell.

Campbell started with the Braves at rookie Idaho Falls. He saw 69 games and hit .343. He also stole 35 bases. He played 1989 at single-A Burlington. He hit .244 there, with 15 stolen bases.

For 1990, he arrived at high-A Durham. In 108 games there, he hit .244. That June, he spoke with The Meridional after twice facing an old high school teammate.

"It's good to see people you graduated with doing well," Campbell told The Meridional.

Campbell isn't credited as playing in 1991. He then came back for 1992, with the Cardinals at high-A St. Petersburg. He saw 22 games and hit .160 to end his career.

Donovan Campbell 1990 Durham Bulls card, Campbell holding a bat

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,169
Made the Majors:1,375-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,794-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:558
10+ Seasons in the Minors:341

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