Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vince Roman, Big Role - 3405

Ithaca College came from behind in the 1988 Division III College World Series championship game and Vince Roman played a big role in that.

Roman drove in three runs in the title-winning game, helping Ithaca to a 7-5 win, according to The Associated Press.

Roman went on from Ithaca College to play in the pros. He played five seasons there. He never made AAA.

Roman's career began in 1990, taken by the Astros in the 40th round of the draft out of Ithaca College.

At Ithaca, Roman made the all-tournament team as he helped Ithaca to the 1988 title. Roman, hitting leadoff, hit .402 and knocked in 32 runs overall that year. He picked up three hits in an April 1989 win.

With the Astros, Roman started with short-season Auburn. He hit .269 and stole 27 bases. He then played 1991 between single-A Asheville and high-A Osceola, hitting .281.

He made AA Jackson briefly in 1992, getting into 11 games there, hitting .222. He played the rest of that year at Osceola.

His final year in affiliated ball came in 1993 at single-A Quad City. He hit .282 there, with 29 stolen bases.

Roman moved to independent Rio Grande Valley for 1994. He went 3 for 4 in an August game, hitting a home run and knocking in three.

That May, Roman hit a long home run in a 10-9 Rio Grande Valley loss. Manager Alan Ashby pointed to Roman as consolation, according to The Brownsville Herald.

"We really hit the ball well," Ashby told The Herald. "Roman really destroyed the ball."

Roman hit .273 overall, with eight home runs and 27 stolen bases. It marked the final season of his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,247
Made the Majors: 943-42.0%
Never Made Majors:1,304-58.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 394
10+ Seasons in the Minors:238

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