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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

George Kerfut kept his independent team close, got win; Saw five pro seasons, made high-A

The Salt Lake Trappers seemed to have a knack for coming back late in mid 1992 and pitcher George Kerfut counted on that, he told The Deseret News.

And that's what happened - Kerfut took the complete game win as his club scored the winners in the ninth, The News wrote.

"I was just trying to keep us close the whole game," Kerfut told The News. "Then in the eighth we tie the game up, and I go out and shut them out in the ninth and then we score in the ninth to win it. You can't ask for any more than that."

Kerfut notched that win in his fourth season as a pro. He went on to play in one more. He topped out at high-A.

Kerfut's career began in 1989, taken by the Rangers in the 15th round of the draft out of Pace University in New York.

Kerfut started with the Rangers in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at single-A Port Charlotte. He went 4-1 between them over 16 outings, three starts, with a 4.42 ERA. 

He moved to independent Miami for 1990 and 1991. He went 8-6, with a 3.82 ERA his first year there and 4-6, with a 2.30 ERA in his second.

Kerfut arrived at independent Salt Lake City in 1992. He went 10-2 there, with a 3.91 ERA over 15 starts.

He returned to affiliated ball for 1993, with the Marlins at high-A High Desert. He went 3-0, with a 5.85 ERA over 28 outings, two starts, to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,870
Made the Majors:1,294-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,576-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:324

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