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Friday, November 11, 2022

Paul Oster set short-term goals early on; Saw seven pro campaigns, made AA

At the outset of his second professional season, Paul Oster's hometown paper The Livingston County Daily Press and Argus asked him about his goals.

Oster kept his goals simple, and short-term, including addressing an early season slump.

"I have a lot of goals," Oster told The Daily Press and Argus. "Right now, I'm struggling, but my goals will change as I improve."

Oster eventually improved enough to see seven pro seasons, but not enough to make the majors. He topped out at AA.

Oster's career began in 1989, taken by the Yankees in the 36th round of the draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

At Oklahoma, Oster helped the Sooners to the 1989 regionals, hitting .350 from the ninth spot in the order, The Arizona Daily Star wrote.

"The nine hole doesn't bother me," Oster told The Daily Star after a regional win where he went 3 for 6. "At the beginning of the season I wanted to do well so I could move up in the lineup. But I just found a home there."

Oster started with the Yankees at short-season Oneonta. He saw -53 games there and hit .300. He also saw a game in the Gulf Coast League.

Oster moved to high-A Prince William for 1990 and 1991. He hit .239 and .256. He then saw an abbreviated 1992 campaign where he got 12 games at AA Albany-Colonie.

He saw another 39 games at Albany-Colonie in 1993 and hit .208. He then moved to independent ball in 1994 and Rio Grande Valley.

Oster got into 14 games with Rio Grande Valley in 1994 and 54 in 1995. He hit .311 there in 1995 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,069
Made the Majors:1,349-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,720-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:549
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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