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Steve Woide turned to construction, then got signed; Played four pro seasons

Steve Woide 1990 Erie Sailors card

Stetson University's Steve Woide didn't get drafted after his senior year in 1987, so he went out and got a job in construction, The Orlando Sentinel wrote that July.

But then he got a call from the Blue Jays. Could he be in Tampa the next day? The answer was yes, he told The Sentinel.

"I didn't give up hope because (Stetson) Coach (Pete) Dunn said he'd call around to see if someone would sign me as a free agent," Wiode told The Sentinel.

Wiode went on from there to the Blue Jays' short-season club in St. Catharines. He ultimately played four pro seasons. He made single-A.

Wiode's career began that year in 1987, signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent out of Stetson.

Out of high school in 1983, Woide received praise from his Stetson coach Dunn in The Sentinel.

"We're really high on Steve," Dunn told The Sentinel. "He's a very intelligent pitcher, who throws the ball over the plate. We really feel he can contribute right away."

Wiode ended up setting several school records, including strikeouts and wins, according to The Sentinel.

With the Blue Jays, he started at St. Catharines. He got into 24 games in relief. He went 3-3, with a 2.10 ERA and nine saves.

He moved to single-A Myrtle Beach for 1988. He saw 44 relief appearances there, with a 2.34 ERA. He then saw single-A Dunedin for 1989. He saw 27 appearances, three starts. He went 3-5, with a 3.21 ERA.

Wiode arrived at short-season Erie for 1990 and turned starter. He went 5-3 over 15 starts, with a 3.10 ERA. That season proved his last as a pro.

Steve Woide 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,245
Made the Majors:1,385-32.6%
Never Made Majors:2,860-67.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:346

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