"(McDonald) must have been making some really good pitches," Hoffman told The Tribune. "He moved the ball around well and had good velocity from start to finish. He pitched a helluva game."
McDonald pitched that game in his second season as a pro. He went on to see four pro campaigns. He topped out at high-A.
McDonald's career began in 1990, taken by the Brewers in the ninth round of the draft out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
McDonald started with the Brewers at rookie Helena. He went 3-2, with a 4.70 ERA over nine outings, eight starts. He gave up six runs in a July start, but still took the win.
McDonald moved to independent Salt Lake for 1991. He went 7-1 there, with a 3.05 ERA.
McDonald then joined the Expos system for 1992. He played that year between high-A West Palm Beach and single-A Rockford. He went 6-5 between them, with a 2.71 ERA over 24 outings, 14 starts.
He returned to West Palm Beach for 1993 and saw 15 relief outings. He gave up 18 earned 28.2 innings of work. McDonald last saw time later in 1993 at independent Thunder Bay. In 18 outings, two starts, he went 3-5, with a 2.77 ERA to end his career.
- Great Falls Tribune, Aug. 11, 1991: Salt Lake
Made the Majors:1,202-35.1%
Never Made Majors:2,219-64.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:294