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James Moody received praise at Oneonta and Prince William; Saw two pro seasons, made high-A

Prince William reliever James Moody came on in this May 1990 game and faced six batters, striking all six out, The Newport News Daily Press wrote.

It was enough for his manager Gary Denbo to single-out the second-year right-hander after the game, according to The Daily Press.

"We got an outstanding performance from our bullpen, James Moody in particular," Denbo told The Daily Press. "He's the best he's been all season."

For Moody, he didn't really get the chance to get much better. That second season also proved his last. He topped out at high-A.

Moody's career began in 1989, taken by the Yankees in the 39th round of the draft out of Huntington University in Indiana.

Moody started with the Yankees at short-season Oneonta. He saw 30 games in relief and went 4-3, with a 1.40 ERA. He went five innings of relief for an August win. 

Moody caught praise early in that season as he took over for a faltering starter. "Moody was outstanding in relief," Oneonta manager Brian Butterfield told The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin

He moved to high-A Prince William for 1990. He saw 54 total games in relief. He went 3-2, with a 2.35 ERA. That season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,081
Made the Majors:1,352-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,729-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:550
10+ Seasons in the Minors:334

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