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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Jake Botts threw high school no-hitter, saw 3 pro seasons

Jake Botts 1990 GCL Dodgers card
Jake Botts one-hit one team at California's North Monterey County High School in 1989 then he did it one better about two weeks later: He threw a no-hitter, according to The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"I felt really good," Botts told The Sentinel after the no-hitter. "I had good movement on my fastball and I had all my breaking pitches working."

Botts pitched well enough in high school to get a direct look at the pros. His minor league career lasted three seasons. He never made single-A.

Botts' pro career began in 1990, taken by the Dodgers in the ninth round out of North Monterey County.

Botts started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League, at Kissimmee. He got into 15 games, started seven and went 5-5, with a 4.60 ERA.

Botts moved to rookie Great Falls for 1991. He picked up 13 starts there, going 5-3, with a 2.47 ERA.

He isn't recorded as playing in 1992, but returned for 1993 at short-season Yakima. He went 1-6, with a 6.80 ERA over 13 outings, nine starts.

Botts saw a final brief stint in 1994 at independent Corpus Christi. He gave up one earned run in 2.2 innings to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,126
Made the Majors:1,139-36.4%
Never Made Majors:1,987-63.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 472
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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