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Monday, March 21, 2022

Javier Magria pitched well in high school, later turned pro; Injury slowed career, made high-A

Javier Magria helped his high school squad to the 1986 district championship game and he did his best to get them the victory, The Tampa Tribune wrote.

His best included striking out 11 batters and giving up just two runs, The Tribune wrote.

But it wasn't enough. Magria and his Robinson High team fell by a score of 2-1, The Tribune wrote.

Magria's best, however, eventually got him to the pros. He played parts of four seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Magria's pro career began in 1988, signed by the Pirates as a free agent out of Hillsborough Community College.

Magria started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 2-3, with a 3.14 ERA over 12 outings, eight starts.

He moved to short-season Welland for 1989. He went 3-6 there, with a 4.47 ERA over 14 outings, nine starts.

For 1990, Magria joined independent high-A Miami. He saw 19 relief outings and went 1-1, with a 9.79 ERA.

Magria was invited to Astros spring training in 1991, but he missed that season and the next due to an arm injury suffered in 1990. 

He then returned to the field one last time in 1993, with independent Duluth-Superior. He went 3-4, with a 3.90 ERA over 13 outings, 12 starts, to end his career.

Magria has since returned to Florida. He's worked in law enforcement, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He's served as a baseball instructor, become an author and gone into real estate.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,868
Made the Majors:1,294-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,574-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:324

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