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Mark Ivey Mimbs

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The twin brother of Mike Mimbs, pitcher Mark Mimbs was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 1990 amateur draft. His brother was chosen by the club in the previous round. Mike eventually reached the majors; Mark did not.

Mark had a fine professional debut with a powerhouse Great Falls Dodgers team, going 7-4 with a 3.23 ERA and a Pioneer League-leading 94 strikeouts in 78 innings. His ERA was fifth in the league and three spots ahead of teammate Pedro Martinez. Mark was nearly as effective as Martinez on the 1991 Bakersfield Dodgers, going 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and 164 K in 170 IP. He was second in ERA in the California League, trailing only Rich Huisman.

Mimbs hit the skids in 1992 with the San Antonio Missions (1-5, 3.61) and the Albuquerque Dukes (0-4, 6.10). In '93, Mark became a relief pitcher and went 3-3 with 10 saves and a 1.60 ERA in 49 outings for San Antonio. He struck out 77 and walked 18 in 68 innings. For the Dukes, he was 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA and one save, allowing 36 baserunners in 19 innings.

Mark barely pitched in 1994, presumably due to injury, making just 7 appearances for Albuquerque and Bakersfield. In '95, Mimbs went 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA for Albuquerque, walking 22 and striking out 96 in 106 innings. One of the top pitchers on the club, he did not get a call-up and outperformed the likes of Omar Daal and Chan Ho Park. In 1996, Mark slid to an 8-8, 4.59 season for the Dukes, though his K/BB ratio remained an impressive 3.16:1. He was just 7 strikeouts behind league leader Travis Miller.

In 1997, Mimbs pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox (3-8, 5.06) and the New Orleans Zephyrs (1-2, 4.36). '98 brought him to the Norfolk Tides, where his line read 9-2, 2.08 after 15 starts. When the New York Mets were not showing interest in calling him up, he went to Japan with the Orix BlueWave; he had gone 51-48 in his minor league career.

With Orix, Mark went 2-4 with a 3.55 ERA the rest of the 1998 campaign, then went 3-6 with one save and a 3.42 ERA the next year to finish his NPB career at 5-10 with a 3.47 ERA.

Sources: 1991-1999 Baseball Almanacs, Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland

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