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Sunday, March 4, 2018

John Latham, Best Of - 9

The Augusta Pirates had a bad day in this July 1990 game. Reliever John Latham made the best of it, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Augusta lost the game 9-3, but Latham finished it out with five outs. He gave up two hits, but no earned runs.

Latham pitched in that game in his third season as a pro. He played in one more campaign. He never made AA.

Latham's career began in 1988, taken by the Pirates in the 30th round of the draft out of Spartanburg Methodist College.

He played his first season between rookie Princeton and the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 0-3 over 10 outings four starts. He ended with a high ERA of 9.61.

Latham moved to short-season Welland for 1989. He went 2-6, with an improved 3.25 ERA over 15 outings, 12 starts.

He played 1990 between high-A Salem and single-A Augusta. He went another five outs of scoreless ball against Spartanburg in an August contest. Overall, he went 4-6, with a 5.16 ERA.

Latham played his final season in 1991 back at Augusta. He got into 27 games, starting once. He gave up 42 earned runs in 24.1 innings - a 15.53 ERA - to end his career.
  • Spartanburg Herald-Journal, July 30, 1990: Box Scores
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,902
Made the Majors:1,082-37.3%
Never Made Majors:1,820-62.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 449
10+ Seasons in the Minors:270

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