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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Greg Gohr got his chance at the bigs, saw majors over four seasons

As he prepared to start 1991 at AAA Toledo, the Tigers one-time top draft choice Greg Gohr allowed himself the luxury of looking forward, The Detroit Free Press wrote.

The Tigers' staff was getting older, and maybe ready to give way to the younger guys, The Free Press wrote.

"I think I'm in a good spot right now," Gohr told The Free Press. "Some of those guys are getting up there, and we've got some good prospects. I know sooner or later they'll give us our chance."

Gohr played that year largely at AAA, but he did get his chance. That came two seasons later and he went on to see a total of four campaigns in the bigs.

Gohr's career began in 1989, taken by the Tigers 21st overall out of Santa Clara University in California.

Gohr started with the Tigers with four games at single-A Fayetteville. He moved to high-A Lakeland for 1990 and went 13-5, with a 2.62 ERA over 25 starts. 

He then played most of 1991 and 1992 at Toledo. He went 10-8 there in 1991 and 8-10 there in 1992. 

He made his major league debut to start 1993. He came on in relief and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced and was ultimately tagged for five earned on one out.

"I'm not too worried," Gohr told The Free Press afterward. "If it happens every time, I would be. I just have to regroup."

Gohr ended up getting into 16 games in relief for the Tigers that year. He gave up 15 earned runs in 22.2 innings of work.

He returned to the Tigers for eight outings, six starts in 1994. He went 2-2, with a 4.50 ERA. He saw 10 outings in 1995, after coming back from a shoulder injury.

"If I've learned anything over the past few years, it's to roll with the punches and make adjustments when necessary," Gohr told The Free Press as he readied to start 1996 back with the big club. "I look at it this way: I worked my butt off to get back, and I'm just thrilled to be pitching in any kind of a role."

Gohr got into 17 outings, 16 starts with the Tigers to start 1996. He was then traded to the Angels in July. He then saw 15 relief outings down the stretch. Overall on the year, he ended with a 7.24 ERA to end his big league career before he played one final season in the minors at AAA Vancouver.
1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,738
Made the Majors:1,266-33.9%-X
Never Made Majors:2,472-66.1%
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:310

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