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Friday, March 26, 2021

John Smith picked up late-season complete-game win for Utica; Saw three seasons, made high-A

Utica starter John Smith got the best of Oneonta this night in August 1990.

Smith went the distance in the second half of the double header giving up two runs, but his Utica teammates got just one more for the win, according to The Associated Press.

Smith got that complete game win in his second pro season. He went on to see time in one more campaign. He topped out at high-A.

Smith's career began in 1989, taken by the White Sox in the sixth round of the draft out of Garrett Community College in Maryland.

Smith started with the White Sox at short-season Utica. He played a single game, a start where he went six innings and gave up three earned.

Smith then returned to Utica for 1990. He gave up two runs over seven innings in a June no-decision. He saw 16 outings overall, 14 starts. He went 5-5, with a 3.12 ERA. 

Smith moved to the Brewers system for 1991 He saw five relief outings at high-A Stockton and eight outings at single-A Beloit. He picked up one of his three saves at Beloit in a June game. He ended with a 9.00 ERA at Stockton and a 2.82 mark at Beloit. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,607
Made the Majors:1,247-34.6%
Never Made Majors:2,360-65.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:306

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