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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Steve McGovern, Pitching Strength - 3063

Arcadia High School in California had to rebuild its pitching staff in 1987, using previous year's junior varsity players to do so, according to The Los Angeles Times.

That's because the school had lost its strength, its pitching staff to graduation, including pitcher Steve McGovern, according to The Times.

"Because of the strength we had (in pitching) we left them down there," Arcadia coach John Meiers told The Times, referring to the JV squad.

Former Arcadia pitcher McGovern went on from there to pitch at Cal State Los Angeles and he did well enough there to ultimately get drafted by the Phillies. McGovern's pro career, though, was brief, just a single season spent at low-A.

That pro career began in June 1990, taken by the Phillies in the 25th round of the draft, out of Cal State Los Angeles.

McGovern went to Cal State Los Angeles after a senior season at Arcadia where he went 4-0 by mid-April.

At Cal State LA, McGovern picked up a win in a March 1988 game. The next month, he threw a complete-game, five-hitter.

Taken by the Phillies in 1990, McGovern signed by June 12. From there, it was on to short-season Batavia.

With Batavia, McGovern got into 14 games, 11 starts. He threw a complete-game shutout. In the other 52 innings, though, he gave up 34 earned runs. His overall ERA hit 5.02. He picked up four wins and four losses. It was his only season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,174
Made the Majors: 675 - 57.5%
Never Made Majors: 499-42.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 291
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 174

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