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Monday, November 27, 2023

Tim Rigsby kept up bigs hopes; Saw three seasons, made high-A

Tim Rigsby 1990 Miami Miracle card

Tim Rigsby remained optimistic going into his third season as a pro in 1992, as he started play outside of affiliated ball, with the independent Salt Lake Trappers, The Deseret News wrote.

"If I'm still healthy," Rigsby told The News that June, "I will get to the big leagues. No question I have enough ability. It's just a matter of timing and luck."

For Rigsby, though, that season at Salt Lake proved his last . He played three pro seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Rigsby's career began in 1990, taken by the independent Miami Miracle in the 13th round of the draft out of Clemson University.

In a February 1989 game at Clemson, Rigsby knocked a game-winner up the middle, The Anderson Independent-Mail wrote.

"I just tried to hit the ball hard," Rigsby told The Independent-Mail. "I didn't feel that bad. I knew we had tied it up, but I still wanted to put it in play."

Rigsby started his pro career with Miami. He got into 54 games and hit .232. The Indians then picked him up for 1991, in the free agent draft

"This is pretty exciting, because this summer I was with an independent and didn't have any affiliation," Rigsby told The Asheville Times after his selection. "The Indians are a young team without an established shortstop, so I think the opportunities are good for me with this organization."

Rigsby played with the Indians at high-A Kinston. He got into 85 games and hit .202. He then moved to independent Salt Lake City for 1992. He saw 42 games there and hit .304 to end his career.

Tim Rigsby 1990 Miami Miracle card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,266
Made the Majors:1,387-32.5%
Never Made Majors:2,879-67.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:563
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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