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Monday, May 10, 2021

Todd Douma went to new college, showed what he could do; Saw four seasons, made AAA

Todd Douma started his college career under scholarship at Florida. But, after the school revoked his scholarship for "non-performance, Douma headed west - and performed, his home state The Oklahoman wrote in April 1990.

By the end of that month, then with Arizona State, Douma had gone 11-2, including a nationally televised 3-1 win over rival Arizona, The Oklahoman wrote.

"I think I showed the boys back in Florida that I can still pitch a little," Douma told The Oklahoman of the televised game. "I hope (Florida head coach) Joe (Arnold) was watching."

The Mets, it turned out, were definitely watching, enough to take him in that June's draft. He went on to see four pro seasons. He made AAA, but not the bigs.

Douma's career began that year, taken by the Mets in the 14th round of the draft out of Arizona State.

At Arizona State that May, Douma returned from two down outings to strike out 13 in a win, The Arizona Republic wrote

"I've got to keep reminding myself that I'm more effective at this level when I throw 3 miles an hour slower, not 3 miles an hour faster," Douma explained to The Republic later.

Douma started with the Mets at short-season Pittsfield. He also got one start at AA Jackson. He went 5-4 over 16 outings, 12 total starts that year, with a 2.70 ERA.

He then played 1991 between high-A St. Lucie and AA Williamsport. He went 10-7 overall, with a 3.05 ERA. He picked up a tough loss at St. Lucie in June as he went 7.2 and gave up just two runs.

"I was happy with the way I threw," Douma told The Palm Beach Post afterward. "It was just one of those nights when we're not going to get any runs."

Douma spent most of 1992 at AA Binghamton, but he also saw AAA Tidewater. He got into six games there, starting one. He went 0-1 as he gave up 13 earned in 10 innings of work.

He returned to Binghamton for 15 more outings in 1993. He went 0-3, with a 6.90 ERA to end his career.

Douma has since settled in Arizona and gone into wealth management. He's listed in 2021 as CEO and Senior Wealth Advisor at TMD Wealth Management, counting professional athletes as among his clients.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,647
Made the Majors:1,250-34.3%
Never Made Majors:2,397-65.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:521
10+ Seasons in the Minors:308

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