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Jerald Clark (1963)
Wilson Ramos (1987)

Outfielder Jerald Dwayne Clark played for the Twins in 1995. He was born in Crockett, Texas, attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and was drafted by San Diego in the 12th round in 1985. He hit over .300 every season in the minors, the last three of them in AAA. His best season was 1989, when he hit .313 with 22 homers and an OPS of .926 for AAA Las Vegas. Clark made brief appearances with the Padres in 1988-90 before sticking with the club in 1991. He spent two full years in San Diego, playing fairly regularly in left field, but did not hit very well. He was left unprotected and was taken by Colorado in the expansion draft. He was a mostly-regular for the Rockies in 1993 and had his best major league season, batting .283 with 13 homers. It was not enough for the Rockies, however, and Clark opted to go to Japan in 1994. The Twins signed him as a free agent, and he spent 1995 with Minnesota, appearing in 36 games. He had a good year as a reserve outfielder, batting .339/.354/.550 in 109 at-bats. The Twins apparently attributed it to small sample size, however, as he was let go after the season. He played for Calgary in the Pittsburgh organization in 1996, but did not make it back to the big leagues, and called it a career after playing nine games for Duluth-Superior in the Northern League in 1997. After his baseball career ended, Jerald Clark got a bachelorís degree in computer science and is now selling real estate in San Diego. His brother, Phil Clark, played in the majors from 1992-96.

Catcher Wilson Abraham (Campos) Ramos played in seven games for the Twins in 2010. He was born in Valencia, Venezuela, and signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 2004. He hit well every year in the minors other than 2010, hitting .317 at AA New Britain in 2009. After a good year of winter ball, he got off to a horrible start at AAA Rochester. Still, due to an injury to Joe Mauer, he was brought up to the Twins for a little over a week in May of 2010. He came in with a bang, getting seven hits in his first nine at-bats bofore going 1-for-18 in his other five games. As a Twin, Wilson Ramos hit .296/.321/.407 in 27 at-bats. Sent back to Rochester, he struggled for a while, but got things going in July, raising his average to .241. On July 29, 2010, he was traded to Washington with Joe Testa for Matt Capps. He was sent to AAA Syracuse, hit well, and got a September call-up. He was the mostly-regular catcher for the Nationals in 2011 and had a fine year, finishing fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Things have not gone well for him since, although it really hasnít been his fault. He was kidnapped in Venezuela over the off-season, and fortunately he was released unharmed. He played in only 25 games in 2012 before tearing his ACL, an injury which ended his season. He missed a couple more months in 2013. He turns 26 today and has played well when heís been healthy. If he can stay healthy, he should have a substantial major league career.
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