Ed Jurak

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Edward James Jurak

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ed Jurak was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the 1975 amateur draft. The 18-year-old's first season was spent with the Elmira Pioneers of the class A (short season) New York-Pennsylvania League.

Jurak spent until 1982 in the Boston minor league chain before getting his first taste of major league ball. He appeared in 12 games for the Red Sox before being sent to the International League Pawtucket Red Sox for the rest of that season.

The infielder was back in Boston for the 1983 season as well as 1984 and 1985. After getting into only 26 games in 1985, he was sent back to Pawtucket, where he finished out the year. On March 19, 1986 he was released by the Red Sox.

In February of 1987 Jurak signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. After spending the year in the minors, he was granted free agency on October 15th, signing as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on November 10th of the same year. He appeared in only 3 games with the American League team in 1988 and on October 15th he was again granted free agency signing on November 3rd with the San Francisco Giants.

Jurak appeared in only 30 games with the Giants and on September 4, 1989 the Giants sent him to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal. On October 15th he was again granted free agency.

The much-traveled Jurak spent 1990 with the Pacific Coast League Calgary Cannons and after 16 seasons in both the minor and major leagues, decided to call it a career.

Ed's major league stats show him with parts of six different years, playing in 193 games, 302 at bats with 80 base hits for a .265 batting average. His OBP was .346. His overall fielding, mostly as an infielder, showed an overall .958 percentage.

Jurak's minor league figures showed him in 10 different leagues with 13 teams. He appeared in 1,296 games, 3,943 at bats with 1,192 base hits for a .280 batting average. His OBP was .392. Playing primarily at SS and 3B, his fielding percentage came to .944.

The 16-year career man's best season was probably in 1987 with the Texas League Tulsa Drillers when he hit for a .346 average, had 10 HR and a .509 slugging average.


SABR Minor League Data base
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, Third Edition

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