Take heart, minor leaguers Ricky Barlow and Glenallen Hill. Barlow, a former first-round pick of the Tigers who has a 3-29 record in his last two years in the minors, and Hill, who batted .210 with 211 strikeouts for the Blue Jays' Class A team in Kinston, N.C. last year, might be interested to know that these current major leaguers also had some memorable minor league seasons:
? Jim Gott, P, San Francisco. In his first season as a pitcher with Calgary of the Pioneer League in 1977, he was 3-4 with an ERA of 9.55 in 65 innings, allowing 71 hits and 83 walks.
? Dwayne Murphy, OF, Oakland. In his second full pro season, at Burlington, Iowa in 1974, he hit .220 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
? Don Aase, P, Baltimore. In 1972, his first pro season, he was 0-10 with a 5.81 ERA for Williamsport, Pa.
? Willie Upshaw, 1B, Toronto. He batted a combined .192 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 113 games for Oneonta and Fort Lauderdale in his first two minor league seasons.
? Mark Clear, P, Milwaukee. After signing with the Phillies in 1974, he went 0-7 with an 8.65 ERA for Pulaski—and got released.
? Steve Yeager, C, Seattle. In his first pro season, at Daytona Beach in 1968, he batted .153 with one home run and six RBIs in 59 games.
? Ron Guidry, P, New York. His winning percentage in the majors is .694, but in 1974, his fourth minor league season, he was 2-4 with a 5.26 ERA for West Haven of the Eastern League. That winter, he was available to any team in the minor league draft, but went unclaimed.
? Rafael Ramirez, SS, Atlanta. After signing in 1976, he batted .177 in the Gulf Coast League and made 32 errors in 49 games.
? Mitch Williams, P, Texas. In 132 innings last year, split between Class A and Double A, he walked 165 and had an ERA of 5.25.