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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Al Sanders pitched well in AA debut; Saw five pro seasons, missed AAA, bigs

Called up to AA New Britain in August 1990, Al Sanders offered a respectable debut, The Meriden Record-Journal wrote.

Sanders went out and pitched into the seventh inning and gave up two runs on seven hits, The Record-Journal wrote.

"Al Sanders pitched well," New Britain manager Butch Hobson told The Record-Journal. "He's a young man who did a heck of a job at Winter Haven. At one time, I think he had 23 consecutive scoreless innings, which is quite a feat in the Florida State League."

Sanders pitched well enough to eventually see five pro seasons. He saw the next two back at New Britain. He never could pitch well enough to make it higher.

Sanders' career began in 1988, taken by the Red Sox in the 12th round of the draft out of Lower Columbia College in Washington. 

Sanders started with the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He went 2-6, with a 2.90 ERA over 17 outings, 11 starts. He went seven innings in a July start, giving up five hits and three earned.

He returned to Elmira for most of 1989, 16 outings. He also saw four at single-A Winter Haven. He nearly had a complete game in a July win. H e went 6-9, with a 3.60 ERA overall. He also recorded 108 strikeouts.

Sanders played at high-A Winter Haven and at New Britain in 1990. He then played both 1991 and 1992 at New Britain. He went 4-15 in 26 starts there in 1991, with a 4.95 ERA. He then went 5-9, with a 4.51 ERA there in 36 outings, 13 starts in 1992. That 1991 campaign proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,927
Made the Majors:1,307-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,620-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:530
10+ Seasons in the Minors:328

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