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David Henderson played 6 seasons, suffered collapsed lung

David Henderson 1990 Osceola Astros card

San Bernardino shortstop David Henderson and left fielder Ron Pezzoni both went for the ball in this May 1992 game. They ended up colliding and Henderson got the worst of it, The San Bernardino County Sun wrote.

Henderson actually ended up in intensive care, suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung, The Sun wrote.

"My knee hit him in the ribs," Pezzoni told The Sun the day after. "It was just one of those in-between balls. We probably should have let it drop."

Henderson appears to have returned from that injury to hit the field again later that year for short-season Bellingham. But his return proved brief. That season, his sixth as a pro, proved his last. He topped out at high-A.

Henderson's career began in 1987, taken by the Astros in the third round out of McAlester High School in Oklahoma.

Henderson hit .431 at McAlester and won Gatorade and Scholastic Coach magazine high school baseball player of the year in the southwest. He also was clocked by scouts running to first at 3.9 seconds, below the major league average of 4.2. He signed a deal two weeks later that included money for college.

Henderson started with the Astros in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He played his first two seasons there, 30 games the first year and 18 the second. 

He played 1989 at short-season Auburn. He saw 69 games there and hit .226. He also stole 14 bases. He then played that fall in instructional league and earned high marks for improved fielding.

Henderson played 1990 at high-A Osceola. He picked up two hits and three RBI in a May game. Overall, he hit .184 over 86 games. He then saw single-A Burlington for 1991 and hit .199 in 75 games.

Henderson moved to the Mariners system for 1992. He saw just four games at San Bernardino before getting injured. He then saw 25 at Bellingham. He hit .173 there to end his career.

David Henderson 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,331
Made the Majors:1,399-32.3%
Never Made Majors:2,932-67.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:351

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