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Rich Longuil worked to stay in front of hitters over five pro seasons; Made high-A

In his second pro season in 1987, Sumter hurler Rich Longuil spoke to The Sumter Item about his approach on the mound.

"Staying in front of the hitters and cutting down on walks is important," Longuil told The Item then. "When you're pitching in front of the hitters, you're not as likely to get hurt. If you get behind and let them wait on their pitch, though, you're in trouble."

Longuil went on from Sumter to play in three more seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Longuil's career began in 1986, taken by the Braves in the second round of the January draft out of Iowa Western Community College.

Longuil started with the Braves in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 4-3, with a 1.91 ERA over 13 outings, 12 starts.

He moved to single-A Sumter for 1987. He went 9-9 there, with a 2.89 ERA over 27 outings, 23 starts. That July, he threw a complete game four-hitter, his fourth win in ten decisions, The Myrtle Beach Sun-News wrote.

"He needed a game like this (to build his confidence)," Sumter pitching coach Sonny Jackson told The Sun-News of Longuil. 

Longuil played 1988 at single-A Durham. He went 4-9, with a 5.31 ERA in 25 outings, 19 starts. He played 1989 at single-A Burlington and went 7-7, with a 3.78 ERA in 31 outings, five starts.

Longuil started 1990 at Durham at high-A. Late that April, he picked up a win in relief, going 3.2 innings, giving up one hit, The Durham Sun wrote

"It was a pretty good night," Longuil told The Sun. "When I was here in '88 every time I had a good game it was on the road. "I was having problems pitching in this park for some reason. Fortunately, I think that's over now."

Longuil's season that year, however, proved brief. He saw 11 total relief outings, and went 2-2, with a 3.27 ERA. That season also proved his last as a pro.

Rich Longuil 1990 Durham Bulls card, Longuil seen up close

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,170
Made the Majors:1,375-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,795-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:558
10+ Seasons in the Minors:341

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