Kyle Lewis Spencer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- School Missouri Valley College
- High School Miller High School
- Born December 6, 1966 in Carthage, MO USA
Reliever Kyle Spencer had two excellent years in the Texas Rangers system, but never advanced beyond High-A. He was drafted by the club in the 26th round of the 1988 amateur draft and signed by scouts Rudy Terrasas and Doug Gassaway.
With the Butte Copper Kings in 1988, he went 7-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 games (9 starts). Shifting to the bullpen for 1989, he went 11-5 with a 2.22 ERA and 18 games finished in 43 games (2 starts) for the Gastonia Rangers; in 85 innings, he allowed 63 hits and had 105 strikeouts. Despite his great numbers, he was perhaps the team's third-best reliever that year, behind Jim Hvizda (35 Sv., 1.19 ERA, 62 G) and Steve Allen (2.02 ERA, 20 GF, 51 G). Pitching for the Port Charlotte Rangers in 1990, he went 8-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 20 games finished in 43 games. He and teammate Rob Brown were the team's primary conduits to closer Barry Manuel. In 1991, he slipped to 4-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 38 games for Port Charlotte to wrap up his career.
Overall, Spencer went 30-15 with a 3.04 ERA in 142 games (13 starts) over 4 seasons. In 305 1/3 innings, he allowed 237 hits and 154 walks, while striking out 275 batters. Control issues burdened him, as he averaged 4.5 walks per 9 innings.
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