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Thursday, April 1, 2010

1990 Texas Rangers minor leaguers

Features on each member of the 1990 Texas Rangers farm system


  • AAA - Oklahoma City 89ers (31)
  • AA - Tulsa Drillers (34)
  • High-A - Port Charlotte Rangers (30)
  • Single-A - Gastonia Rangers (31)
  • Rookie - Butte Copper Kings (30)

Oklahoma City 89ers (31) 
1 - Gerald Alexander, Perfect Inning
Gerald Alexander picked up a 13th-inning win in 1992. He played in three major league seasons.
2 - Brad Arnsberg, Showed Some Poise
Brad Arnsberg showed poise with the Yankees in 1987. He played in six major league seasons.
3 - John Barfield, Challenged Them
John Barfield challenged them in rare start for the Rangers in 1991, then picked up the win. Played in three major league seasons.
4 - Mike Berger, Working His Trade
Mike Berger worked away in the minors for a decade plus. He later became a Diamondbacks scout.
5 - Nick Capra, Made It
Nick Capra took advantage of a bad pick off as a rookie. He played in 45 major league games over five seasons.
6 - Pat Dodson, Impressive Spring
Pat Dodson hit well in the spring of 1987. He made the Red Sox that season and in two others.

7 - Dick Egan, Evaluation Skills
Dick Egan had an unorthodox method of helping Bobby Witt as a coach for the Rangers. Now a special assistant to the Tigers general manager.
8 - Dave Engle, Best Shot
Dave Engle got lessons from Ted Williams. He then played in nine major league seasons.
9 - Pat Garman, That Night
Pat Garman once hit four home runs in one night. In five seasons, he hit only 16 others. He never made the bigs.
10 - Juan Gonzalez, Contract Hitter
Juan Gonzalez lived up to one big contract. He then famously turned down another.
11 - Gary Green, With It
Gary Green tried to stay positive at AAA. He made the majors in five seasons.
12 - Jack Hardy, His Job
Jack Hardy worked at a supermarket in college. He later worked as baseball player, plus five games with the White Sox.
13 - Ray Hayward, Best Shot
Ray Hayward waited his turn, then got his call up to the Padres. He later became a college coach.
14 - John Hoover, Some Only Dream
John Hoover threw good pitches and bad in his career. One in the 1984 gold medal game was a bad one.
15 - Stan Hough, Career in Baseball
Stan Hough delivered promotion news as minor league manager. He never got the big promotion himself.
16 - Bryan House, Only Problem
Bryan House was a catalyst for his Peoria team. It was enough to make AAA, but not the majors.
17 - Steve Lankard, His Personality
Steve Lankard's knee was in pieces. He came back, but he couldn't get to the majors.
18 - David Lynch, Curve Worked
David Lynch's curve served him well and got him to AAA for seven seasons. It never got him to the majors.
19 - Craig McMurtry, See Why
Craig McMurtry had a great rookie year with the Braves, a bad final year with the Astros.
20 - Gar Millay, Good Ballplayer
Gar Millay was remembered as a strong ballplayer, strong under pressure. He passed away in 2011 from cancer.
21 - David Miller, Complete Game
David Miller made AAA Oklahoma City, but he never made the majors.
22 - Robo Niner, Baseball Head
Robo Niner was Oklahoma City's new mascot in 1990. He also wasn't from Oklahoma.
23 - Dean Palmer, More Relaxed
Dean Palmer got more relaxed, started playing his game. He also started hitting home runs.
24 - Mark Petkovsek, Showing His Age
Mark Petkovsek played in nine major league seasons. He tried a comeback in 2003, but didn't make it.
25 - Ray Ramirez, Mets Trainer
Mets trainer Ray Ramirez spent his early days training in the minors, including  at Oklahoma City.
26 - Kevin Reimer, A Lot of Interest
Kevin Reimer opened up eyes playing at AA Tulsa. He went on to open eyes in six major league seasons.
27 - John Russell, Big Enough Thrill
John Russell caught Nolan Ryan's sixth no-hitter, then went on to manage the Pirates.
28 - Jeff Satzinger, Errant Pitch
Jeff Satzinger helped spark his AA team to a win through errant pitch in 1989. He never could do so in the majors.
29 - Steve Smith, Did A Lot
Steve Smith has been a player, a manager and an Amazing Race contestant.
30 - Bernie Tatis, Dominican Prospect
Bernie Tatis first played as a pro at age 19. He rose through the minors to hit AAA, but he never made the majors.
31 - Ron Washington, Playing Options
Ron Washington waited on his coaching career. It eventually took him nearly to the top of the game.

Tulsa Drillers (32)
1 - Steve Allen, Looked Great
Steve Allen just looked to be consistent. He never made the bigs.
2 - Brant Alyea, Looked Like
Brant Alyea followed his dad, but not in the usual way.
3 - Jeff Andrews, Relationships Developed
Jeff Andrews has built relationships over three decades.
4 - Kevin Belcher, Instructed Them
Kevin Belcher instructed AA Jackson on an unwritten rule.
5 - Phil Bryant, Play Great
Phil Bryant signed with the Rangers out of college. He never made the bigs.
6 - Paco Burgos, Only One
Paco Burgos helped his team to the Florida State League title. He never made the bigs.
7 - Felipe Castillo, Too Much
Felipe Castillo played with future major leaguers, but he wasn't one himself.
8 - Everett Cunningham, Could Pitch
Everett Cunningham improved at single-A Gastonia, but not enough to make the majors
9 - Monty Fariss, Some Advantages
Monty Fariss hoped to make the bigs as a shortstop.
10 - Darrin Garner, Coming Along

Darrin Garner's hitting came along. He made AAA, then became a coach.
11 - Greg Harrel, Listened To
Greg Harrel could trace his career back to a childhood visit to see the Rangers.
12 - Donald Harris, Run Down
Donald Harris made the majors, tried for the NFL.
13 - Bill Haselman, Best Job
Bill Haselman could catch a knuckleball.
14 - Tom Henke, Good Memories
Tom Henke gathered many good memories over his long major league career.
15 - Jim Hvizda, Will Rot
'Jim Hvizda will rot in prison for the rest of his life, and after that he will rot in hell for the cold-blooded killing of my daughter'
16 - Greg Iavarone, Returned To
Greg Iavarone returned after two seasons away. He never made the bigs.
17 - David Lynch, Curve Worked
David Lynch's curve worked well, but not enough to get him to the bigs.
18 - Terry Mathews, Real Big
Terry Mathews found his comeback major league win almost better than his first.
19 - Rob Maurer, First Season
Rob Maurer hit nearly .400 in his first minors season. He made 21 major league games.
20 - Eric McCray, Trade Talk
Eric McCray was considered in a trade to the Cubs. He never made the bigs.
21 - Dean Palmer, More Relaxed
Dean Palmer became more relaxed, then hit home runs.
22 - Roger Pavlik, Threw Strikes
Roger Pavlik threw strikes and made a major league All-Star team.
23 - Dan Peltier, Goals Achieved
Dan Peltier recalled goose bumps after a 1993 swing.
24 - Paul Postier, Felt Comfortable
Paul Postier felt comfortable playing at home, but never played in the bigs.
25 - Marv Rockman, Sidearm Delivery
Marv Rockman used his sidearm delivery to make AA, but not bigs.
26 - Dan Rohrmeier, Kid's Game
Dan Rohrmeier made the bigs after a decade in the minors.
27 - Wayne Rosenthal, His Stuff
Wayne Rosenthal helped coach the Marlins to the 2003 title.
28 - Cedric Shaw, Heckuva Game
Cedric Shaw pitched a heckuva game at single-A. He made AAA, but not bigs.
29 - Chris Shiflett, Very Frustrating
Chris Shiflett's injuries grew frustrating in seven minor league seasons.
30 - Mike Taylor, Final Frame
Mike Taylor pitched four seasons in the Rangers system. He never made the bigs.
31 - Mitch Thomas, Baseball History
Mitch Thomas played six pro seasons, later coached.
32 - Tommy Thompson, Old School
Tommy Thompson wanted his players to win.
33 - George Threadgill, Consistent Hitter
George Threadgill hit up the middle and the other way. He didn't hit for power. He also never made the majors.
34 - Walt Williams, Much Different
Walt Williams returned to the White Sox in 1988 as a coach.

Port Charlotte Rangers (30)

Gastonia Rangers (31)
1 - Mike Arner, Hitting Spots
Mike Arner started strong in a July 1990 start at high-A. He played at AAA, but not in the majors.
2 - Eric Bickhardt, His Makeup
The Rangers liked Eric Bickhardt's makeup. He played four seasons as a pro.
3 - Travis Buckley, His Love
Travis Buckley got one last shot at playing. Got him into his 10th and final pro season. He never made the bigs.
4 - Mike Burton, Transferred Skills
Mike Burton used his baseball skills in seven seasons, then transferred them to golf.
5 - Jim Clinton, Kept Him
Jim Clinton learned to change positions. It got him to seven seasons, but not the bigs.
6 - Joey Eischen, Unusual Approach
Joey Eischen had an unusual approach. It got him into 10 major league seasons.
7 - Troy Eklund, Thought Double
Troy Eklund went from a brief career as a pro player to a career in broadcasting.
8 - Brian Evans, Into Perspective
Brian Evans pitched well, but he only pitched in three professional seasons.
9 - Jay Franklin, Deserved That
Jay Franklin has gone from a brief playing career to a long career as an agent.
10 - Orlando Gomez, Stayed Young
Orlando Gomez has stayed young for 50 years.
11 - John Graves, Save Earned
John Graves earned an April 1990 save. Pitched just two seasons as a pro.
12 - Perry Hill, Infield Guru
Grew into an infield guru as major league coach
13 - Jonathan Hurst, In Heaven
Jonathan Hurst stepped on his high school baseball field and was in heaven. Made bigs in two seasons.
14 - Joe Lewis, Cut Down
Joe Lewis cut a runner down at second in 1989. He played three seasons as a pro.
15 - Randy Marshall, Key Hit
Randy Marshall got the key hit in a 1991 high-A game. He played three seasons as a pro
16 - Buddy Micheu, His Officers
Buddy Micheu went from baseball to a career in law enforcement in New Orleans.
17 - Timmie Morrow, Slow Progress
Timmie Morrow helped the Port Charlotte Rangers to a 1992 win, but he never could help himself to the bigs.
18 - Craig Newkirk, Quiet Style
Craig Newkirk tried to lead by his actions. He played four seasons as a pro.
19 - Jose Oliva, Show People
Jose Oliva wanted to show he could play in the bigs. He played there in two seasons.
20 - Kenny Powell, One Run
Kenny Powell played five seasons as a pro. Since gone into another career: acting.
21 - Carl Randle, One Night
Carl Randle threw a no-hitter at Gastonia in 1990. He played five seasons, never made AA.
22 - Brian Romero, Felt Better
Brian Romero felt more relaxed with the lead. He played seven seasons, never made AAA.
23 - Ronaldo Romero, Lost Friend
Not long after his Gastonia photo was taken, Ronaldo Romero was gone. He was 19.
24 - Ramon Santiago, More Equipment
Ramon Santiago kept track of equipment. He later changed careers.
25 - Tony Scruggs, Same Feeling
Tony Scruggs' baseball fate was different than his old teammates Juan and Sammy.
26 - Brian Steiner, Hard Worker
Brian Steiner was a hard worker but he never made AA.
27 - Tom Tisdale, His Work
Tom Tisdale received recognition for his training work in 2005.
28 - Joey Wardlow, Was Hungry
Joey Wardlow helped his high school to a state championship. He played four seasons as a pro.
29 - Randy Whisler, Developed Them
Randy Whisler left pro baseball multiple times, only to return multiple times.
30 - Marvin White, School Career
Marvin White threw no-hitters in high school. Coached, but didn't play in the pros.
31 - Barry Winford, Crossed Paths
Barry Winford crossed paths with a Hall of Famer in spring training. He never made AA himself.

Butte Copper Kings (30)

  1. Greg Blevins had a big day in college; Played two pro seasons, made single-A, 8/25/20
  2. Terry Burrows critiqued himself after AAA outing, then made bigs over four seasons, 8/21/20
  3. Rodney Busha won his second pro game late in 1990, didn't win another; Played a single season, 8/3/20
  4. Jose Cardona pitched well over two seasons, but an injury ended his career, 7/30/20
  5. Miguel Castellano helped his team remain in 1991 playoff race; Saw five seasons, made AA, 8/1/20
  6. Steve Dreyer didn't expect to be drafted; He then made the majors over two seasons, 8/30/20
  7. Scott Erickson threw strikes in college; Unlike other player with same name, he saw two pro seasons, made single-A, 8/11/20
  8. Chris Gies made AA, didn't want to get too excited; Played four pro seasons, didn't make bigs, 8/10/20
  9. Rusty Greer hustled his way to nine big league seasons, all with the Rangers, 8/28/20
  10. Todd Guggiana played four pro seasons, then used his experience in a new career, as a scout, 8/2/20
  11. David Hulse became a major league hitter over five seasons; Later tried return from injury, 9/4/20
  12. Paul Matachun played multiple positions over three seasons, made single-A, 8/23/20
  13. Malvin Matos felt good at independent Alexandria; Played 14 pro seasons, never made bigs, 7/30/20
  14. Brian Mercado hit well his first season; Learned his second wouldn't happen from team official on golf cart, 8/15/20
  15. Brian Mouton used his ability to play professionally over two seasons; Played in rookie ball, 8/14/20
  16. Keith Murray lost nearly his entire first season to injury, played in just one more, 8/28/20
  17. Danny Patterson got drafted in the 47th round, then made bigs over nine seasons, 9/5/20
  18. Shannon Penn made the bigs and got to see the big boys play; Played there himself over nine games, 9/6/20
  19. Marty Posey came back strong with single-A Gastonia in 1991; Played two pro seasons, 8/30/20
  20. Scott Ramharter realized his dream by playing as pro; Career ended quickly with shoulder issue, later became coach, 8/4/20
  21. Victor Reyes played four pro seasons at catcher, made high-A; Hit home run in independent ball, 8/23/20
  22. Bobby St. Pe signed as a free agent out of high school; Saw two pro seasons, both in rookie ball, 9/7/20
  23. Brian Scheetz had baseball ties as a player, later had them as a youth coach; Played two pro seasons, 8/5/20
  24. Jon Shave made the most of his time in the bigs; Saw three seasons there, including all of 1999, 8/18/20
  25. Dan Smith improved his slider enough to see two ML seasons; Returned from injury, 8/16/20
  26. Steve Surico chose college over the pros; Came back from injury, saw all of seven pro games, 8/12/20
  27. Tyrone Washington went on a scoreless stretch in 1991; Played five pro seasons, made high-A, 8/7/20
  28. Andy Watson waited on pros and improved draft status; Played two pro seasons, injury ended career, 8/4/20
  29. Tim Wells liked taking mound with runners on base; Saw two pro seasons, made single-A, 8/6/20
  30. Matt Whiteside pitched in bigs over 11 seasons, also saw Japan; ML career almost ended in moment's frustration, 8/14/20

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