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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Eric Jaques impressed in high school, played four seasons as a pro; Made AA, not the bigs

Sidney High School hurler Eric Jaques earned the win in this May 1985 contest. He also earned the respect of the opposing coach, according to The Dayton Daily News.

"Jaques flat-out beat us," the opposing coach, Chuck Harlow, told The Daily News. "He's just an outstanding pitcher and a heads-up kid."

Jaques went on from Sidney High to play in college and in the pros. His pro career lasted four seasons. He made AA, but didn't make the bigs.

Jaques' pro career began in 1989, taken by the Cubs in the 29th round of the draft out of Indiana University. He went to Indiana out of Sidney High in Ohio.

Jaques started with the Cubs at rookie Wytheville. He went 2-3, with 11 saves and a 1.25 ERA.

He moved to single-A Peoria for 1990. He picked up his sixth save in a July contest and another in an August game. He went 6-6 overall at Peoria, with 12 saves and a 3.33 ERA. He also saw two appearances at high-A Winston-Salem.

Jaques played 1991 between Winston-Salem and AA Charlotte. He gave up a home run in a May Winston-Salem game. He saw 20 relief outings at Charlotte and went 3-1, with a 4.19 ERA.

Jaques returned to Charlotte for 46 outings in 1992. He went 2-5, with a 3.53 ERA to end his career.

Jaques appears to have settled in Indiana after his playing days concluded and got into youth coaching, listed in 2019 as manager for the Diamond Cutters 11U Select team in New Palestine, Ind.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,200
Made the Majors:1,157-36.2%
Never Made Majors:2,043-63.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 480
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283

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