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Linton Dyer tried different plate approach, saw six seasons

Linton Dyer 1990 Baseball City card

Appleton Fox Linton Dyer went through a rough patch in May 1988, then he changed his approach, he told The Appleton Post-Crescent.

His change then helped result in a 4 for 5 performance with two RBI, The Post-Crescent wrote.

"I was struggling," Dyer told The Post-Crescent. "I was trying to hit home runs. Today, I tried to put the ball in play rather than trying to put it out of the park."

Dyer had that game in his fourth season with time in the pros. He saw two more campaigns. He topped out at high-A.

Dyer's career began in 1985, taken by the Royals in the 17th round of the draft out of William E. Grady Vocational Technical High School in Brooklyn.

Dyer started with the Royals in the rookie Gulf Coast League, He saw 18 games and hit .303. He then saw 11 games in 1986 and just six more in 1987.

He saw his first extended time in 1988, 62 games at single-A Appleton. He hit .231 on the year. He hit a two-run double in a July game. Dyer, usually a catcher, also got pressed into outfield duty and made two good running catches, The Post-Crescent wrote.

"I hadn't played outfield since high school," Dyer told The Post-Crescent. "On both balls ... hit I was given some help by the coaches moving me over. I'm swinging that bat pretty good. I've felt confident for the last couple of weeks."

Dyer returned to Appleton for 1989 and saw 41 games. He hit .252. He then played 1990 at high-A Baseball City. He hit .196. That season proved his last as a pro.

Linton Dyer 1990 Baseball City card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,293
Made the Majors:1,392-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,901-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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