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Michael Larry Potts

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Mike Potts was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 1989 amateur draft. He opted not to sign, however. When he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 1990 draft, he did sign.

Potts began his professional career with the Macon Braves in 1991, with whom he went 8-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 34 games (11 starts). With the Durham Bulls in 1992, he went 6-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 30 games (21 starts).

He played for the Greenville Braves in 1993, 7-6 with a 3.88 in 25 starts. Although he was used entirely as a starter in 1993, in 1994 he was used entirely as a reliever. For the Richmond Braves, he made 52 appearances, going 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA.

In 1995, Potts spent the entire season with the Richmond Braves, making 38 appearances (one start), and going 5-5 with a 3.79 ERA. On January 12, 1996, he was selected off waivers by the the Milwaukee Brewers, and he ended up being on their opening day roster. He made his big league debut on April 6, against the Seattle Mariners. He pitched an inning in that game, allowing two hits but walking away unscathed. He would not be so lucky the rest of the season, appearing in a total of 24 games, allowing 58 hits and 30 walks (only 21 strikeouts) in 45 1/3 innings. He had an ERA of 7.15 and a record of 1-2. He played his final big league game on July 15. Potts also appeared in 11 games for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

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