Former Frederick Friday Feature – Scott Conner
Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The second week was another hard one, even though it only took 10 guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Scott Conner was the mystery man this week, let’s find out some more about this Keys pitcher.
This right-hander, drafted in the 34th round of the 1991 draft by the O’s out of New Mexico Junior College, spent 10 seasons in between the minors and independents. Currently 40 years old, Conner spent his first two season with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he went a combined 5-9 with a 3.34 ERAin 24 games (18 starts). After spending all of 1993 with the Orioles Low ‘A’ Albany Polecats, Conner made his Keys debut in 1994. Frederick utilized Conner as a reliever, where he appeared in 53 games, posting a 2-1 record and a solid 3.56 ERA. During his time with the Keys in ’94, Conner also recorded eight saves.
His performance in Frederick was good enough to warrant a promotion to Double-A in 1995, where he spent his whole season with the Baysox. He pitched in 41 games and went 5-1 but held an ERA of 4.17, which wasn’t too great. He spent time with both Frederick and Bowie in 1996, his final season in affiliated baseball.
Conner was injured for the entire 1997 season but returned to the diamond in 1998 to spend four seasons in the independent league. In 1998-99, he pitched for the Bridgeport Bluefish in Connecticut, where he posted a 24-10 record through two seasons as a starter. He moved on to the Winnipeg Goldeyes for 2000-01, which was the end of the road for Conner.
Overall, Scott Conner went 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 65 games for the Keys, ten of which he started. His career stats, including his time in the independents, have him at 51-41 and a 4.27 ERA.
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Former Frederick Friday Players
November 2nd: Ron Kitchen
November 9th: Scott Conner