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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Bill Drohan pitched well in high school, saw 4 pro seasons

Bill Drohan 1990 Baseball City Royals card

Nova High School's Bill Drohan pitched well early on in the 1985 season, winning all four games he pitched, three in shutout fashion, The Fort Lauderdale News wrote.

But Drohan looked to his teammates, and how everyone meshed, The News wrote.

"I think the reason we're winning is because we all get along so well together," Drohan told The News. "We all want to do whatever it takes to win."

Drohan eventually did enough to play in college and make the pros. His pro career lasted four seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Drohan's career began in 1987, taken by the Royals in the 15th round of the draft out of Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.

In summer 1986, Drohan played for Broward in the Big League World Series, Drohan throwing a six-hit shutout that August, The Miami Herald wrote.

"I thought their hitters would give us more trouble," Drohan told The Herald then. 

Drohan started with the Royals in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 5-3 over 11 starts, with a 6.11 ERA. He moved to short-season Eugene for 1988. He went 7-1 there, with a 2.10 ERA in 17 outings, nine starts. 

For 1989, he played at single-A Appleton, going 6-1, with a 1.32 ERA, but saw just nine starts. He returned for seven more starts in 1990, at high-A Baseball City in 1990. He went 1-5, with a 8.54 ERA. That season marked his last as a pro.

Drohan's son, Shane Drohan, has gone on to turn pro himself. Shane Drohan was drafted by the Red Sox in 2021 and played 2023 between AA Portland and AAA Worcester.

Bill Drohan 1990 Baseball City Royals card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,274
Made the Majors:1,389-32.5%
Never Made Majors:2,885-67.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:565
10+ Seasons in the Minors:347

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