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Huascar DeLeon got key out at Appleton, saw four pro seasons

Huascar DeLeon 1990 Baseball City Royals card

Appleton catcher Huascar DeLeon threw out a key runner at third in this June 1989 game, The Appleton Post-Crescent wrote.

It was enough for Appleton manager Brian Poldberg to note after the game.

"In the streak we're in, you're always looking at the worst," Poldberg told The Post-Crescent. "But Karl (Drezek) came in, and Deleon made a heckuva play to force the (lead) runner (at third). That turned the tied back in our direction."

DeLeon threw out that runner in his second season as a pro. He went on to see parts of two more. He topped out at high-A.

DeLeon's career began in 1988, signed by the Royals out of his native Dominican Republic.

DeLeon started with the Royals in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw 46 games and hit .210.

He moved to single-A Appleton and high-A Baseball City for 1989. He hit a home run for Appleton in a June game. He hit .203 in 73 games overall that year.

DeLeon then returned to Baseball City at high-A to start 1990. He hit a run-scoring single late in an early April win. He also threw out four of the first six runners who tried to steal on him.

But DeLeon soon ran into shoulder problems and his season proved limited to just 12 games. He then missed 1991 and returned for 1991 at Baseball City, but saw just two games to end his career.

Huascar DeLeon 1990 Baseball City Royals card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,298
Made the Majors:1,392-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,906-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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