Monday, March 10, 2014
Minor League Monday - Darren Oliver, 1990 Charlotte Rangers Star.
As noted above, Darren split his 1990 season between Rookie ball and Single A. His Rookie League stay was short, just three starts and six scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out seven.
Oliver's time with Gastonia was another story altogether. While it was also short, one start and two innings pitched, it was a bit rougher. This time the opposing batters managed to score three runs off Ollie. It wouldn't matter though, he still got the promotion to A+ Ball in 1990.
Only three games for a third year prospect who got promoted for the next season? I can't remember hearing about it but I am guessing Darren either got injured of was rehabbing from one. If I had to speculate I would say the latter. The short starts don't make sense before an injury. Good thing Oliver was left-handed, an injury that early to a right hander might have been the end of the road to the Majors.