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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Van Golmont played final college year on road; Saw three pro seasons, made single-A

Van Golmont 1990 Erie Sailors card

Single-A Madison reliever Van Golmont described the difference between single-A and AA for his catcher Jorge Brito in The Wisconsin State Journal.

"In Double A, Jorge handled pitchers who were confident to throw breaking balls when they were behind in the count," Golmont told The Journal after an outing where he threw to Brito and set down eight straight. "He has that same confidence with us."

While Brito was back at single-A on a rehab assignment - and would go on to see the majors, Golmont never made it higher than single-A himself. He saw three pro seasons.

Golmont's career began in 1988, signed by the Athletics as an undrafted free agent out of Murray State University in Kentucky.

At Murray State, Golmont played his final season in 1988 on the road over home field changes that year, The Paducah Sun wrote

"I don't think the home field (is) that much of an advantage in college baseball," Golmont told The Sun. "It might be if you're playing at one of the major universities and you're used to playing in front of 5,000 fans. But we don't have that."

With the Athletics, Golmont started in the rookie Arizona League. He went 2-3 over seven outings, six starts, with a 7.02 ERA.

He moved to single-A Madison for 1989. He saw 31 relief outings and went 3-4, with a 4.05 ERA and two saves.

For 1990, Golmont played at short-season independent Erie. He went 7-4, with a 3.14 ERA over 14 starts. That season proved his last as a pro.

Van Golmont 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,252
Made the Majors:1,385-32.6%
Never Made Majors:2,867-67.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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