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Mike Jockish pitched well in summer league; Played three pro seasons

Mike Jockish 1990 Erie Sailors card

Mike Jockish did his best for the local Sverdrup team on this July 1985 day, giving up six hits and four runs, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote.

Sverdrup manager Henry Wies recognized Jockish's efforts to The Post-Dispatch.

"Jockish threw decent," Wies told The Post-Dispatch. "We were down to begin with. It was hard to come back."

Jockish eventually went on to play as a pro. His pro career lasted three campaigns. He topped out at short-season.

Jockish's pro career began in 1988, signed by the Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

In April 1985, with Mineral Area College, Jockish threw a four-hitter in a win. He then made the all-region team that May.

With the Blue Jays, Jockish started at short-season St. Catharines. He saw 17 relief outings in 1988 and ended with a 3.73 ERA.

He returned to St. Catharines for 1989 and got into 20 games in relief. He ended with a 2-3 record and a 3.91 ERA. 

For 1990, Jockish moved to independent Erie. He saw 29 games in relief that year. He went 3-2, with a 3.38 ERA to end his career.

His work in the St. Louis area from high school through Mineral and Missouri Baptist earned him a slot in 2023 in the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mike Jockish 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,256
Made the Majors:1,385-32.5%
Never Made Majors:2,871-67.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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