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Thursday, April 1, 2010

1990 Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguers

Features on each member of the 1990 Milwaukee Brewers farm system


  • AAA - Denver Zephyrs (27)
  • AA - El Paso Diablos (25)
  • High-A - Stockton Ports (28)
  • Single-A - Beloit Brewers (26)
  • Rooke - Helena Brewers (29)

1990 Denver Zephyrs (27)
1 - Don August, Enjoyed It
Don August got first his major league shutout and knew he'd have five days to enjoy it until his next start.
2 - Mike Birkbeck, Fifth Starter
It took Mike Birkbeck a little while to get going in 1988, but when he did, he won eight. He then never won again.
3 - George Canale, Looking Out
George Canale asked to play on the team that had a spot for him. He never got on one.
4 - Mike Capel, Adjustment Try
Mike Capel tried to be aggressive. He then got his first of three major league saves for the Astros.
5 - Logan Easley, Proved 'Em
Logan Easley proved 'em wrong with time in two major league seasons.
6 - Tom Edens, Offer Accepted
Tom Edens wanted to do both, finish his AAA start and make his next in the bigs. He chose the second option.
7  - Ruben Escalera, Rookie Manager
Ruben Escalera has served as Athletics scout and rookie league manager. He played seven seasons, never made the bigs.

8 - Don Gordon, Streak Extended
Don Gordon gave up Paul Molitor's last hit in his 39-game hit streak. Gordon played in three major league seasons.
9 - Mark Higgins, Crucial Situation
Mark Higgins set up the tie-breaking run with his first major league hit. It ended up being his only major league hit.
10 - Dave Machemer, Nothing Else
Dave Machemer knew what he wanted to do and that was manage.
11 - Frank Mattox, Very Patient
Frank Mattox worked hard trying to find major league prospects, after seven seasons playing. He passed away in Feb 2012.
12 - Chuck McGrath, Shored Up
Chuck McGrath was picked up by the Brewers to shore up upper minors staff. He never made the bigs in seven seasons.
13 - Tim McIntosh, So Long
Tim McIntosh made the majors for parts of five seasons. His first career hit went for a home run.
14 - Joe Mitchell, Noteworthy Attendee
Joe Mitchell hoped becoming a utility man would get him to the majors. He never made it.
15 - Mario Monico, Prolific HawaiianMario Monico is said to have been able to hit a ball bearing with a No. 2 pencil. He never made majors.
16 - Billy Moore, Inherent Aggressivness
Billy Moore gave a good effort with men on base. He did so in the majors for just six games.
17 - Jeff Peterek, Great Game
Jeff Peterek shut down the Yankees in his 1988 major league debut. He got just four starts in the majors.
18 - Dennis Powell, Big-League Pitcher
Dennis Powell was seen by Pete Rose as a big-league pitcher. He was for eight seasons.
19 - Ed Puig, Strong Start
Ed Puig pitched well enough to make AAA, but not well enough to make the majors.
20 - Joe Redfield, Played Hard
Joe Redfield went through hard times in the minors to make majors twice, for 12 games.
21 - Alan Sadler, Not One Thing
Alan Sadler served as the punter on his college football team. He played eight seasons in pro baseball, never made the bigs.
22 - D.L. Smith, In Motion
D.L. Smith was an option for the Brewers in 1991. He didn't get his call then, or ever.
23 - Jackson Todd, Playing Again
Jackson Todd came back from cancer to return to the majors. He played with the Mets and Blue Jays. He also coached.
24 - Tim Torricelli, Good RapportTim Torricelli wasn't a good hitter, but for a catcher, hitting wasn't as important.
25 - Darryel Walters, No Room
Darryel Walters got stuck behind other outfielders in the Brewers system. He never made the majors.
26 - Tim Watkins, This Far
Tim Watkins almost made the Brewers out of spring training 1988. Sent to AAA Denver, Watkins never made the majors.
27 - Joe Xavier, Made Them Go
Joe Xavier made the Denver Zephyrs go in early 1989. He couldn't make himself go to the majors.

El Paso Diablos (25)
1 - Jesus Alfaro, Most Popular, 1/23/19
2 - Shon Ashley, His Chance, 1/18/19
3 - Jim Austin, Outstanding Effort, 1/21/19
4 - Mark Chapman, Big Way, 1/26/19
5 - Craig Cooper, Home Runs, 1/10/19
6 - Dee Dixon, New Thing, 1/16/19
7 - Greg Edge, Another Chance, 1/7/19
8 - Cal Eldred, Day By Day, 1/8/19
9 - Ruben Escalera, Rookie Manager, 1/11/19
10 - Dean Freeland, Still Thought, 1/6/19
11 - Robinson Garces, Four Frames, 1/25/19
12 - Chris George, Solid Addition, 1/17/19
13 - Sandy Guerrero, Incredible Moment, 1/12/19
14 - Mitch Hannahs, True Tactician, 1/11/19
15 - Bert Heffernan, Three Things, 1/13/19
16 - Dave Huppert, Achieved Something, 1/6/19
17 - Mike Ignasiak, His Due, 1/5/19
18 - Joe Kmak, Another Team, 1/22/19
19 - Paul Lindblad, His Mind, 1/4/19
20 - Scott May, Chance Meeting, 1/15/19
21 - Chuck McGrath, Shored Up, 1/7/19
22 - Steve Monson, Tough Mentality, 1/20/19
23 - Charlie Montoyo, First Impression, 1/24/19
24 - Ed Puig, Strong Start, 1/14/19
25 - Rafael Skeete, Good Sense, 1/19/19

Stockton Ports (28)
1 - Chris Bando, Offered Continuity
Chris Bando returned to the bigs after six years away. 
2 - Frank Bolick, Walk-Off
Frank Bolick hit his share of home runs in the minors, also in the bigs and Japan.
3 - Jamie Cangemi, Country Hard Stuff
Jamie Cangemi threw country hard stuff over six pro seasons.
4 - Kevin Carmody, Relief Duties
Kevin Carmody served in relief for the Stockton Ports. He played three pro seasons.
5 - Chris Cassels, First Year
Chris Cassels played 13 seasons as a pro, never made AAA.
6 - Remigio Diaz, Came Through
Remigio Diaz had a long career in Mexico, played two minors seasons. 
7 - Steve Diaz, Minors Life
Steve Diaz slept till noon. He was a minor leaguer.
8 - Bo Dodson, Sunk In
Bo Dodson played a decade as a pro. He never made the bigs.
9 - Cal Eldred, Day By Day
Cal Eldred learned to be patient.
10 - John Finn, Long Career
John Finn had a long career as a pro. He never made the bigs.
11 - Dave Fitzgerald, Impressed Somebody
Dave Fitzgerald tried not to look forward.
12 - Mike Guerrero, One Way
Mike Guerrero played and coached the game 100 percent.
13 - Scott Hamilton, Thrilled To
Scott Hamilton was thrilled to return from a college injury.
14 - Mike Ignasiak, His Due
Mike Ignasiak's family saw him beat his home state's team.
15 - Kenny Jackson, Huge Help
Kenny Jackson returned to the field in 2010 for home country, the Virgin Islands. 
16 - Chris Johnson, Best Opportunity
Chris Johnson regained confidence as a pro, never made AAA.
17 - Bob Kappesser, That Role
Bob Kappesser knew the fundamentals. He never made the bigs.
18 - Curt Krippner, Good Fastball
Curt Krippner showed the Brewers a good fastball. He never made the bigs.
19 - Pat Listach, How Fortunate
Pat Listach has been fortunate all his life because of baseball.
20 - Sylvester Love, Went Fast
Sylvester Love ran from college to the pros. He played three seasons.
21 - Angel Miranda, To Understand
Angel Miranda could start or relieve, he didn't care as long as he was in the bigs.
22 - Dave Nilsson, Did That
Dave Nilsson started in Australia, then starred with the Brewers.
23 - Leo Perez, Good One
Leo Perez made it to the Brewers 40-man roster. He played five pro seasons.
24 - Tim Raley, Played For
Tim Raley made his college's Hall of Fame, could hold seven baseballs in one hand.
25 - Memo Sandoval, Top Team
Memo Sandoval pitched on a top Brewers minors team. He never made AA.
26 - James Sass, Probably Not
James Sass has a job some might envy.
27 - Juan Uribe, In Relief
Juan Uribe pitched in three U.S. seasons, then in Mexico.
28 - Mitch Zwolensky, Every Game
Mitch Zwolensky expected his players to play with ACE every at bat.

Beloit Brewers (26)
1 - Joe Andrzejewski, Some Days, 6/23/17
2 - Arthur Butcher, Saving Throw, 6/29/17
3 - John Byington, On Spot, 7/5/17
4 - Larry Carter, Honorable Mention, 6/14/17
5 - Daren Cornell, Chosen Profession, 7/1/17
6 - Ramser Correa, Didn't Sacrifice, 6/30/17
7 - Rob Derksen, That Energy, 7/4/17
8 - Sam Drake, International Diplomacy, 6/18/17
9 - Keith Fleming, Stayed In, 6/20/17
10 - Tim Fortugno, It All, 6/11/17
11 - Leon Glenn, Two Doubles, 6/23/17
12 - Troy Haugen, How Committed, 6/12/17
13 - Scott Kimball, New Season, 6/25/17
14 - Greg Landry, Best Arm, 7/1/17
15 - Oreste Marrero, Father's Day, 6/29/17
16 - Vilato Marrero, Defining Job, 7/2/17
17 - Scott Meissner, Medical Field, 7/4/17
18 - Scott Muscat, That Mode, 6/13/17
19 - Jeff Nate, Higher Level, 6/14/17
20 - Troy O'Leary, Good Night, 6/19/17
21 - Henry Reynoso, Scoring Continued, 7/5/17
22 - Bill Robertson, Slower Pace, 6/16/17
23 - Brett Snyder, Helped Fuel, 7/2/17
24 - Randy Snyder, With Aggressiveness, 6/18/17
25 - Bob Vancho, Bad Start, 6/15/17
26 - Darrin White, Credited Experience, 6/17/17

Helena Brewers (29)

  1.  - Kurt Archer chose baseball over football in college; Played eight pro baseball seasons, made AAA, 6/22/20
  2.  - LaRue Baber fulfilled dream to play professionally, taken in second round; Saw five seasons, made high-A, 6/15/20
  3.  - Bill Brakeley made improvements in college, then played three pro seasons; Made single-A, 6/20/20
  4.  - Gary Calhoun coached the way he liked to be coached; Spent career coaching in college, also saw pros, 6/23/20
  5.  - Mike Carter hit a game-winning double in his first pro year; Saw 13 pro campaigns, made AAA, not bigs, 6/27/20
  6.  - Tim Carter credited his teammates in rookie ball; Played three pro seasons, made high-A, 7/19/20
  7.  - Vince Castaldo made AAA in affiliated ball, got bitter; Turned to independent St. Paul and got remembered, 7/24/20
  8.  - Tony Coble played a single season as a pro; He then joined the Army and made First Lieutenant, 7/14/20
  9.  - Mike Coombs guided his players over four decades in game; Briefly played, coached in pros, 6/16/20
  10.  - Mike Couture ran himself from college to the pros; Saw four seasons, made AA, 7/7/20
  11.  - Tony Diggs loved baseball; He played and managed it over three decades, never made bigs, 7/4/20
  12.  - Todd Edwards got his chance at pros; Lasted four seasons in field and on mound, made high-A, 7/26/20
  13.  - Juan Flores took advantage of opportunity in college; Saw three pro seasons, made high-A, 6/19/20
  14.  - Mike Hooper did good job pitching in high school; Played as pro over four seasons, made high-A, 7/2/20
  15.  - Geoff Kellogg played five pro seasons, made AA; Later bought a water park, 7/21/20
  16.  - Kevin McDonald threw a one-hitter at Salt Lake in 1991; Saw four pro seasons, made high-A, 7/20/20
  17.  - Pat Miller followed his father to the pros, not to the majors; Played five seasons, made AA, 7/23/20
  18.  - Scott Moseley made it his goal to play in the pros, and the bigs; He played three professional seasons, 7/16/20
  19.  - Mike Norris helped his team to an early lead in a July 1990 contest; Played single pro season, 6/21/20
  20.  - Eric Patton pitched well his first year and got married; Played two pro seasons, both in rookie ball, 6/28/20
  21.  - Gordon Powell was always taught to run hard; Did so over 10 pro seasons, made high-A, 6/26/20
  22.  - Don Pruitt gained weight in high school with peanut butter sandwiches; Played four pro seasons, made high-A, 7/14/20
  23.  - Charles Rambadt's college coach believed he deserved pro shot; He got it, over 15 games, 7/10/20
  24.  - Mark Rupp took high school success on to college and pros; Saw two pro seasons, 15 appearances, 7/4/20
  25.  - Brian Souza returned from arm injury to turn pro; Saw four seasons, made single-A, 7/7/20
  26.  - Mark Stephens became first Marlins signee in a pro game; Saw seven seasons, made high-A, 6/18/20
  27.  - Chris Wheat had a great game at Helena in 1990; Played two seasons, briefly made single-A, 6/14/20
  28.  - Tim Wilson did good job in relief in rookie ball in 1989; Played two seasons, didn't make it higher, 7/11/20
  29.  - Jason Zimbauer went from top Chicago-area prep to three pro seasons; Later sued over shoulder injury, 7/12/20

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