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Dave Wrona had good year in college, saw 3 pro seasons

Dave Wrona 1990 Beloit Brewers card

Southern Illinois shortstop Dave Wrona made his case to be drafted as he went 20 for 37 in 1990 post-season play, The Southern Illinoisan wrote.

"I'm hoping," Wrona told The Southern Illinoisan. "I had a pretty good year. It's up to them. I just want a chance. I don't care where they play me."

Wrona did get drafted that year, by the Brewers. His chance, though, amounted to three seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Wrona's career began that year, taken by the Brewers in the 13th round of the draft out of Southern Illinois University.

At Southern Illinois, Wrona hit .395 over his senior year and had a .337 career average as a switch-hitter. He made the school Hall of Fame in 1997.

Wrona started with the Brewers at single-A Beloit. He saw 24 games and hit .300. 

His season was shortened by mystery ankle pain, The Southern Illinoisan wrote. Despite his relatively brief time on the field, Wrona drew praise from his manager Rob Derksen. 

"Not only did he do a good job in the field, he hit," Derksen told The Southern Illinoisan. "He does a lot of the little things right."

Wrona returned to Beloit for 62 games in 1991. He also saw 15 games at high-A Stockton. He hit .243 on the year.

He then saw Stockton for the full season in 1992. He saw 81 games and hit .267 to end his career.

Dave Wrona 1990 Beloit Brewers card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,342
Made the Majors:1,400-32.2%
Never Made Majors:2,942-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352

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