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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Barry Chiles pitched for president, saw 5 pro seasons

Barry Chiles 1990 Pulaski Braves card
Barry Chiles started off this August 1992 game a little shaky, according to The Washington Post. Perhaps he could be forgiven, though, Chiles was pitching in front of the leader of the free world.

Chiles took the mound for the high-A Durham Bulls and ultimately threw six innings of shutout ball at Frederick for the 4-0 win. In the stands at Frederick were George and Barbara Bush, The Post wrote.

Chiles pitched in front of the first couple in his fourth professional season. He returned to Durham for 1993, but that was his last season as a pro. He never made AA.

Chiles' career began in 1989, taken by the Braves in the 33rd round of the draft out of East Wake High School in North Carolina.

Chiles played his first season in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into three games there, giving up one earned in six innings of work.

He moved to rookie Pulaski for 1990, getting into 17 games, six starts. He had a 3.99 ERA, picked up four wins and three saves.

Chiles' longest season came in 1991 at single-A Macon. He got into 40 games, starting 10. He had a  4.19 ERA and six saves. He picked up a relief win in April.

At Durham in 1992, Chiles got to participate in a rare feat. He was one of four pitchers to combine for a no-hitter in mid-April. Chiles pitched a perfect inning.

Chiles' final season came in 1993. He got into 14 games, starting two. He had a 5.03 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,093
Made the Majors: 910-43.5%
Never Made Majors:1,183-56.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:224

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