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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

John Lorms hit game-winner at single-A in 1991; Saw three pro seasons, made high-A

A runner on third in the 11th inning, Columbus catcher John Lorms put one past a drawn-in infield to knock in the winning run in this June 1991 game, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer wrote.

"I just thought our pitchers had pitched too well for us to lose," Lorms told The Ledger-Enquirer after the game-winner. 

Lorms caught those pitchers at single-A Columbus in his second season as a pro. He went on to see one more campaign. He topped out at high-A.

Lorms' career began in 1990, taken by the Indians in the 57th round of the draft out of Eastern Kentucky University.

Lorms started with the Indians at short-season Watertown. He saw 32 games and hit .178.

He then moved to single-A Columbus for 1991. He hit .1995 there in 51 games. In a July game, the backup catcher ran into problems as the Macon Braves stole 11 bases in a game, a league record, The Ledger-Enquirer wrote.

"It was terrible out there," Lorms told The Ledger-Enquirer after that game. "Every time I looked up, I could hear the P.A. announcer saying, 'And that's another Sally League (stolen base) record.' But at least I can be the answer to some trivia question someday."

Lorms arrived at high-A Kinston for 1992. He saw 51 games there and hit .209 to end his career.

John Lorms 1990 Watertown Indians card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,220
Made the Majors:1,384-32.8%
Never Made Majors:2,836-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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