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Monday, May 13, 2013

Brian Fry, Those Numbers - 3215

Brian Fry was all ready to head to Florida in 1989. The pitcher from Monroe Community College near Rochester, NY, that May signed a letter of intent to attend Florida International University, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The hurler was going there after two seasons at Monroe where he went 11-2, with a 1.45 ERA, The Sun-Sentinel wrote.

But that was all before Fry was drafted. The Cincinnati Reds apparently liked those numbers, too, enough to take Fry as a late-round selection.

But those numbers weren't enough to sustain Fry with a long professional career. Fry's pro career only lasted two seasons, Fry never getting out of rookie ball.

Fry's pro career began that June, with the Reds taking the Medina, NY,-native in the 32nd round out of Monroe.

In Medina in 1985, Fry helped his local team win the county baseball championship, Fry throwing a one-hitter in the championship game, according to The Medina Journal-Register.

At Monroe Community College, Fry was 4-0 by early May 1989, with a 1.38 ERA. He was also called the staff ace by the Monroe student paper, The Monroe Doctrine.

With the Reds, Fry was sent to rookie Billings. There, he got into 17 games, starting five. In 53 innings, he posted an ERA of 4.08.

Fry returned to Billings for 1990, but in 22 relief appearances, his ERA hit 6.00. It was his final year of professional ball.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,126
Made the Majors: 662 - 58.8%
Never Made Majors: 464-41.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 172

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