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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Mike Webster got strong in high school, made 2 pro seasons

Mike Webster 1990 Baseball City card

Sahuaro High School pitcher Mike Webster needed to improve his strength going into his senior season, so his coaches suggested a weight-focused program for the fall - no throwing, The Arizona Daily Star wrote.

"You love to play, but getting stronger was the big thing if I was gonna be successful," Webster told The Daily Star. "Physically, I wasn't there yet. Now, I think I'm in pretty good shape."

Webster eventually got strong enough to play in college and, from there, the pros. His pro career lasted two seasons. He made high-A.

Webster's pro career began in 1989, taken by the Royals in the 19th round of the draft out of Grand Canyon University.

At Grand Canyon, Webster turned starter as a junior, proving his worth with a four-hit shutout in February 1987, The Arizona Republic wrote.

"(Webster) established himself as one of our three starters ...," Grand Canyon coach Gil Stafford told The Republic. "Mike is our only left-hander on the staff and we needed him to prove he would be capable of going against the dominant left-handed hitting teams we'll see in the future."

Webster started with the Royals at short-season Eugene. He saw 11 starts and went 2-4, with a 6.41 ERA.

He then moved to high-A Baseball City for 1990. He saw seven relief outings and went 1-1, with an 8.36 ERA to end his career.

Mike Webster 1990 Baseball City card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,291
Made the Majors:1,392-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,899-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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