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Monday, February 27, 2023

Brian Conroy gained velocity through early career; Saw seven seasons, made AAA

Going into his fifth pro season, Brian Conroy had the opportunity to perhaps take advantage of another player's injury, The Boston Globe wrote.

He also showed the power to maybe make that a real possibility, The Globe wrote.

"He keeps gaining velocity," Red Sox farm director Ed Kenney told The Globe early that March. "Every year he comes to camp and his fastball is faster. There's no sense figuring it out. But we're glad it's happening."

Conroy, however, didn't end up making it to Boston that year or in the future. He saw two more campaigns after that one. He topped out at AAA.

Conroy's career began in 1989, taken by the Red Sox in the 22nd round of the draft out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Conroy's career started with the Red Sox at single-A Winter Haven and the rookie Golf Coast League. He went 7-5 in 15 outings, 13 starts, with a 2.58 ERA. 

He made high-A Lynchburg for much of 1990 and went 10-13, with a 3.60 ERA in 26 starts. He then played 1991 between AA New Britain and AAA Pawtucket.

That May in 1991 with New Britain, Conroy broke out of an 0-4 start by throwing a no-hitter, The Hartford Courant. He also had a tough no-decision in that stretch.

"When you're 0-4, you start wondering what you have to do to win," Conroy told The Courant.

Conroy returned to New Britain and Pawtucket for 1992. That July, he spoke with The Globe about the majors.

"On the days when you're not pitching, it's easy to think about the guys who are ahead of you, but it's not healthy," Conroy told The Globe. "You really have to worry about yourself and no one else."

Conroy played exclusively at Pawtucket in 1993 and returned there to start 1994. He moved to the Rockies and AAA Colorado Springs mid-year. He then saw five final starts there in 1995 to end his career.

Brian Conroy 1990 Lynchburg Red Sox card, Conroy posed holding glove

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,134
Made the Majors:1,367-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,767-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:337

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