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Jim Faulk challenged the wind over five pro seasons, made AA

Jim Faulk had a good run in May 1990 and he credited his manger at high-A West Palm Beach Felipe Alou, according to The Palm Beach Post.

In his game, he doubled and scored and knocked in a run late on a single, The Post wrote.

"I had been lifting my head during my swing and Felipe told me to keep it down," Faulk told The Post then. "I think that's made a big difference for me the past couple weeks."

Faulk got that tip in his fourth season as a pro. He went on to play in one more. He topped out at AA.

Faulk's career began in 1987, taken by the Expos in the 41st round of the draft out of Louisburg College in North Carolina.

Faulk started with the Expos in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 52 games and hit .321. He then moved to single-A Rockford for 1988, then single-A West Palm Beach for 1989. He hit .257, with 28 stolen bases at Rockford, then .251, with 31 stolen bases at West Palm Beach.

He returned to West Palm Beach, then high-A, for 1990. He went 3 for 5 in a late-April game, with a stolen base, and gained praise from his manager, Alou, in The Post.

"He's one guy who can really challenge the wind," Alou told The Post afterward. "I thought it was just a matter of time."

Faulk made the 1990 league All-Star team and had a game-winning single in late June. Overall, Faulk hit .315 in 70 games at West Palm Beach, stealing 33. He then stole another 19 and hit .258 in 52 games at AA Jacksonville.

He returned to AA for 1991 at Harrisburg. He hit .251 there over 78 games. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,561
Made the Majors:1,235-34.7%
Never Made Majors:2,326-65.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:513
10+ Seasons in the Minors:305

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