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Ken Welch hit well in college; Played two pro campaigns, made short-season, also in semi-pro

Ken Welch 1990 Watertown Indians card

Brookdale Community College took the win in this April 1987 game, largely due to the work of Ken Welch, The Red Bank Daily Register wrote.

Welch had three RBIs in the 4-2 win, The Daily Register wrote.

"Welch was, without a doubt, our hitting star," Brookdale coach Paul MacLaughlin told The Daily Register. "He came through twice when we needed him."

Welch went on from Brookdale to the University of South Carolina and the pros. His pro career lasted two campaigns. He topped out at short-season.

Welch's pro career began in 1989, signed by the Indians as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. Welch was also credited as Kenneth Welch and Kenny Welch.

He joined the Indians after he hit .375 at South Carolina to lead the team

Welch stared with the Indians at rookie Burlington. He scored on a single in an August game. He saw 31 games that year and hit .293.

Welch moved to short-season Watertown for 1990. He singled and scored the game-winner in an August game. He then knocked in the game-tying run on a single a week later. Overall, Welch saw 40 games and hit .204 in his final season as a pro.

Welch, however, continued playing in 1991, in semi-pro ball in New Jersey, with the Garden State Baseball League. 

Ken Welch 1990 Watertown Indians card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,225
Made the Majors:1,385-32.8%
Never Made Majors:2,840-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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