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Monday, October 2, 2023

Darrell MacMillan drew notice in high school; Played two pro seasons

Darrell MacMillan 1990 Erie Sailors card

Boise Hawks designated hitter Darrell MacMillan helped extend the Boise lead in this lite-June 1989 game, and hit the team's first home run of the year, The Idaho Statesman wrote.

MacMillan hit it, he told The Statesman, while guessing a different pitch.

"He set me up. He threw me a change-up and I was way out in front," MacMillan told The Statesman of the opposing reliever. "I thought he'd throw another one, so I told myself to stay back and wait on it. But he came in with a fastball and I just threw my hands at it."

MacMillan hit that home run in his first season as a pro. He went on to see just one more campaign. He topped out at short-season.

MacMillan's career began that year, signed by co-op Boise as a free agent out of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He went there out of St. Charles High School in Illinois. MacMillan was also credited as Darryll MacMillan.

At St. Charles, MacMillan drew notice as a senior as The Chicago Tribune wrote about him and his play.

"I'd like to play the game until the day I die," the catcher MacMillan told The Tribune then. "I love being a part of every play. You get tired catching, but you never get bored. It is the spot on the field."

After going through Illinois State and Kennesaw State, MacMillan started at short-season Boise in 1989. He got into 49 games and hit .253, with two home runs.

He then moved to co-op Erie for 1990. He saw 38 games there and hit .261, with another two home runs. That season proved his last as a pro.

Darrell MacMillan 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,232
Made the Majors:1,385-32.7%
Never Made Majors:2,847-67.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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