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Andy Postema relied on his faith over two pro seasons

Andy Postema 1990 Erie Sailors card

Andy Postema had a slow year at high-A Reno by early July in 1991, hitting .215, including a monthlong stretch where he hit .143, The Reno Gazette-Journal wrote.

As he worked through his difficulties, though, Postema focused on his faith, The Gazette-Journal wrote.

"I can't imagine where I'd be without Jesus this season," Postema told The Gazette-Journal. "I know that you are always tested through fire, adversity. The think I've really learned is that when you are playing badly, it's not a deficiency in your character."

Postema, however, couldn't get his average up. That season, his second, also proved his last as a pro.

Postema's career began in 1990, signed by independent co-op Erie as a free agent out of Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Postema started with short-season Erie. He saw 75 games and hit .345, with three home runs.

He then moved to independent co-op Reno for 1991. In a game late that April, he knocked in runs on two singles in a 7-5 win, The Gazette-Journal wrote.

"It's great to get those hits," Postema told The Gazette-Journal. "I hadn't been driving in runs this year. That's a monkey on my back, but it's gone now."

Postema saw 111 games in all that year for Reno. He hit .211 with no home runs to end his career.

Andy Postema 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,248
Made the Majors:1,385-32.6%
Never Made Majors:2,863-67.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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