Edward Allen Amelung
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School Santa Ana College, San Diego State University
- High School Buena Park High School
- Debut July 28, 1984
- Final Game July 7, 1986
- Born April 13, 1959 in Fullerton, CA USA
On August 20, 1980 Ed Amelung was signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers. His first action came when he spent time with both the 1981 San Antonio Dodgers of the Texas League and the Vero Beach Dodgers of the Florida State League. The outfielder had a combined total of 140 games played, 537 at-bats with 157 hits for a .292 batting average.
Amelung spent most of 1982 starring for San Antonio, hitting .302/.334/.512 with 96 runs, 24 homers and 91 RBI. He also had 17 outfield assists. He failed to make the Texas League All-Star outfield as Darryl Strawberry, Tom Dunbar and Brian Greer were chosen. He went 2 for 9 in a cup of coffee for the Albuquerque Dukes.
Ed had a full season with the 1983 Albuquerque Dukes, appearing in 135 games, batting 534 times, collected 157 hits, along with 10 dingers and a .294 batting average.
The Dodgers gave Ed his first crack at the major leagues in 1984 when he appeared in 34 games as an outfielder later in the summer. He fielded flawlessly, but hit for only a .217 average. He spent most of the year with the Albuquerque Dukes, where he got into 107 games and hit .351/.374/.554 with 35 doubles and 89 runs. He almost won the Pacific Coast League batting title, losing by .006 to Tony Brewer and beating out John Kruk among others. Amelung failed to make the PCL All-Star outfield, as Brewer, Doug Loman and league MVP Alejandro Sanchez were chosen.
Ed again spent a full season with the Albuquerque Dukes in 1985, hitting at a .291 clip and this was going to be enough to get him another chance with the major league Dodgers. In 1986, the Dodgers used Ed in 8 mid-season games and evidently his performance was not up to their expectations as he is shown with the Albuquerque team for the balance of the season. He hit for a .282 average in 291 at bats, appearing in 82 games for the PCL club.
The 1987 Edmonton Trappers used Ed for the year and he appeared in 124 games with 386 at-bats and had 100 hits for a .259 average.
The 1988 season was to be Ed's last. He split the year between San Antonio (.284, 2 HR, 7 RBI; 7.71 ERA) and Albuquerque (.286) before finishing his career with the Mexico City Tigers (.293/.354/.397 in 19 games).
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database