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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Garry Wurm played summer ball, then got signed; Saw three seasons

Garry Wurm 1990 Erie Sailors card

Left undrafted out of college, Garry Wurm instead played summer ball in 1987 in New York State, in the Empire State League, The Indiana Gazette wrote.

Wurm knew it wasn't much. But it was enough to get him signed, The Gazette wrote.

"You got paid beans, but it got me where I wanted to be," Wurm told The Gazette in June 1988. "Thing is, I didn't even have a good record in that New York league, but I threw the ball hard."

Wurm's work got him signed. He ended up playing three pro seasons. He made single-A.

Wurm's career began in 1988, signed by the Pirates as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Wurm started with the Pirates in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at single-A Augusta. He saw 10 outings in the GCL and two at Augusta. He went 2-2, with a 2.38 ERA.

He moved to independent short-season Boise for 1989. He went 2-3, with a 2.04 ERA. He got a key strikeout in relief of Boise starter Rod Tafoya early that August, The Idaho Statesman wrote.

"It's fun to come into a game where the starter does a great job like Rod did," Wurm told The Statesman.

Wurm played 1990 at co-op Erie. He saw 35 relief outings there, had a 2.20 ERA and saved 19. That season proved his last as a pro.

Wurm soon returned to Indiana, played and managed in a local league and went into coaching with Blacklick Valley schools.

Garry Wurm 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,246
Made the Majors:1,385-32.6%
Never Made Majors:2,861-67.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:346

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