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Landon Williams picked up big hit after slow 1990 start; Saw two seasons, made high-A

Landon Williams 1990 Peninsula Pilots card, Williams seen holding bat

High-A Peninsula's Landon Williams started the 1990 season slow - hitting .031 slow by early May. But in this May game, he knocked in the game-tying run and scored the game-winner, The Winston-Salem Journal wrote.

Williams explained to The Journal afterward, his approach that at bat was colored by his previous one, when the pitcher got a fastball by him with two strikes.

"So I figured he would try to do the same thing when he got two strikes on me again. I'm sure he was thinking this is not even a .100 hitter.' and he thought he could blow it by me again," Williams told The Journal. "Luckily I got the meat of the bat on it." 

For Williams, though, his success would be short-lived. That season marked his second as a pro. He saw just 23 games, the last of career.

Williams' career began the previous season, taken by the Mariners in the 49th round of the draft out of Grambling State University in Louisiana.

At Grambling, Williams hit a home run in an April 1987 win, then doubled in an April 1989 contest. 

Williams started with the Mariners in the rookie Arizona League. He saw 49 games and hit .288, with 12 stolen bases.

He then moved to high-A Peninsula for 1990. He saw those 23 games and hit .119 to end his career.

Landon Williams 1990 Peninsula Pilots card, Williams seen holding bat

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,179
Made the Majors:1,377-33.0%
Never Made Majors:2,802-67.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:559
10+ Seasons in the Minors:343

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