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Toncie Reed showed potential at Osceola, saw 3 pro seasons

Toncie Reed 1990 Osceola Astros card

Outfielder Toncie Reed had an impressive spring in 1990 and made high-A Osceola, The Osceola News-Gazette wrote.

His spring performance had Osceola general manager Pat O'Connor seeing possibilities, The News-Gazette wrote.

"He's a kid who could really come on," O'Connor told The News-Gazette of Reed.

Reed arrived at Osceola for his third pro season. That season also proved his last. He topped out at high-A.

Reed's career began in 1988, taken by the Astros in the 31st round of the previous year's draft out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma. He went to Seminole out of Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas.

At Pleasant Grove, Reed also played football, and got notice from an opposing coach, according to The Paris News.

"He's a tall, erratic runner that hunts and pecks for good yardage every game," opposing coach Sonny Templeton told The News.

Reed started with the Astros in 1988 in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .262 over 51 games and stole 11 bases.

For 1989, he moved to short-season Auburn. He saw 67 games and hit .274, with four home runs. He hit a two-run double in an August game.

At Osceola in 1990, Reed hit a grand slam in a June win and three RBI in a July game. He saw 89 games in all but hit .191 to end his career.

Toncie Reed 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,307
Made the Majors:1,394-32.4%
Never Made Majors:2,913-67.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:567
10+ Seasons in the Minors:349

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