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Chris Delawelle made most of chance: Baseball Profiles

Chris Delawelle 1990 Kenosha Twins card

Newly minted Twins minor leaguer Chris Delarwelle didn't get drafted. So, he explained his philosophy to The Kenosha Sunday News that July.

"I've got nothing to lose here," Delarwelle, a member of the single-A Kenosha Twins, told The Sunday News. "I've got a degree to fall back on. I'm doing what I always wanted to do and I just want to make the most of it."

While he started strong, hitting .390 by mid-July, Delarwelle's career proved brief. He saw three seasons. He topped out at AA.

Delarwelle's career began that year in 1990, signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

At Oshkosh, Delarwelle won first-team All-American honors and NCAA Division III Player of the Year.

Delarwelle started with the Twins at Kenosha. He got into 66 games and ended with a .298 average and four home runs.

Going into the 1991 season, Delarwelle assessed his first-year performance to The Green Bay Press-Gazette.

"It might prove to other people I can play," Delarwelle told The Press-Gazette. "I didn't have to prove anything to myself."

He moved to high-A Visalia for 1991. He saw 119 games there and hit .280. He then moved to AA Orlando for 1992. He saw 94 games there and hit .264. That season at Orlando, however, proved his last as a pro.

Delarwelle then turned to a different game, men's fastpitch softball and coached baseball. As a coach, he assisted at Oshkosh, then turned head coach in high school. 

For 2024, he continues as a head coach at Denmark High School in Wisconsin. He also serves as owner and instructor at The Hitting Zone baseball and softball facility in Denmark.

Chris Delawelle 1990 Kenosha Twins card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,367
Made the Majors:1,407-32.2%
Never Made Majors:2,960-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:573
10+ Seasons in the Minors:354

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