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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Kevin Farlow made transition from aluminum bat to wood; Saw seven pro seasons, made high-A

Cal State Fullerton's Kevin Farlow wasn't sure he wanted to turn pro just then in June 1990, The Los Angeles Times wrote.

He'd already announced that he'd return for his senior year, but then he changed his mind, The Times wrote.

"My main question was whether I could make the transition from the aluminum bat to the wood bat," Farlow told The Times. "But I hit with a wood bat for a week and it felt pretty good."

Farlow soon made the transition enough to play seven seasons as a pro. He saw four of those in affiliated ball. He topped out at high-A.

Farlow's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Padres in the 15th round of the draft out of Fullerton.

Farlow started with the Padres at short-season Spokane. He got into 68 games and hit .243. That July, Farlow forced extras with a late single in a game, and then won it with another single two innings later, all after early game troubles, The Spokane Spokesman-Review wrote.

"I was just trying to make contact with the ball after striking out three times," Farlow told The Spokesman-Review.

Farlow moved to single-A Waterloo for 1991. He hit .230 in 115 games. He then returned to Waterloo for 1992 and hit .223 in 128 games.

That June in 1992, Farlow spoke with The Times about his mindset returning to Waterloo and his hopes going forward.

"When I found out I was coming back to Waterloo for another season, it was kind of a letdown," Farlow told The Times. "I have to do a better job of being consistent. That's the name of the game."

That season marked Farlow's last with the Padres. He moved to independent Sioux City for 1993 and he stayed there for four seasons, save for a eight-game run with the Angels at high-A Lake Elsinore in 1994.

He hit .333 over 61 games in his first year at Sioux City, then .273 over his next two seasons there. He hit .261 in 83 games in 1996. That season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,043
Made the Majors:1,343-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,700-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:548
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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