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Edwin Alicea started high, then moved down, topped at AAA

Edwin Alicea 1990 Durham Bulls card, Alicea with bat

Edwin Alicea had played the previous year at AA, and even seen AAA. But, to start 1990, he found himself back at high-A Durham.

His return was ostensibly to learn the outfield, but he instead played multiple positions and grew frustrated in the process, The Durham Herald Sun wrote.

"I don't know if the organization is wasting time; I don't know if I'm wasting time," Alicea told The Herald Sun. "Maybe this is a role I have to play. I know I won't give up."

Alicea went on to play in five more campaigns and he returned to play at both AA and AAA. Alicea, however, never made the majors.

Alicea's career began in 1988, taken by the Braves in the ninth round of the draft out of Florida State University. Alicea was also credited as Ed Alicea. His brother is major leaguer Luis Alicea.

At Florida State, the switch-hitter Alicea went on an 18-for-32 run his junior year, ahead of getting drafted.

"I think about the draft a lot," Alicea told The Orlando Sentinel that May. "But I'll take it as it comes. I'm ready to play. The coaches told me I'm ready."

Alicea started with the Braves all the way up at AAA Richmond. He saw 50 games there his first year and hit .235.

He then played 1989 largely at AA Greenville, but also saw four games at Richmond. He hit .220.

Alica played 1990 at Durham, then 1991 largely at high-A Miami and 1992 back at Greenville. He hit .235 in 102 games at Greenville.

He moved to the Rockies system in mid-1993 and saw 67 games at AAA Colorado Springs. He played 194 in Mexico, then returned for one final season in the Mets system at AAA Norfolk to end his career.

Edwin Alicea 1990 Durham Bulls card, Alicea with bat

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,168
Made the Majors:1,375-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,793-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:558
10+ Seasons in the Minors:341

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