Brian Bohanon
Pitcher
Born: (1968-08-01) August 1, 1968 (age 53)
Denton, Texas
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 10, 1990, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
August 17, 2001, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record54–60
Earned run average5.19
Strikeouts671
Teams

Brian Edward Bohanon (born August 1, 1968) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for five teams in a span of seven seasons from 1990 through 2001.

Career

Bohanon played baseball at North Shore High School in Texas. As a senior, he pitched 135.2 innings, won 17 games and had an earned run average of 1.72 en route to the state finals.[1][2] He pitched three no-hitters in high school and was twice named the Houston Player of the Year.[2][3] He was selected by the Texas Rangers with the 19th pick of the 1987 MLB Draft and received a $137,000 signing bonus.[4]

He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League to begin his career.[5] Prior to the 1990 season, Baseball America ranked him the 45th-best prospect in baseball and the fifth-best in the Rangers' system.[5][6] Bohanon made his Major League debut with the Rangers on April 10, 1990, pitching a scoreless inning in relief of Charlie Hough at the SkyDome.[5][7] He recorded his first Major League strikeout on April 25 of that season against Robin Ventura and made his first start five days later in Chicago against the White Sox.[8][9]

Bohanon spent parts of his first five seasons with the Rangers, often being called up as an injury replacement. His fastball rarely exceeded 85 miles per hour (137 km/h).[3] Bohanon spent 1995 with the Detroit Tigers and 1996 with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 20 appearances for the Blue Jays, he worked exclusively out of the bullpen.[10]

Bohanon's best seasons came in 1997 and 1998 with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bohanon enjoyed what he called a breakthrough season in 1997 with the Mets before being traded to Los Angeles for Greg McMichael during the 1998 campaign, where he also pitched well.[3][10][11]

Before the 1998 season, Bohanon signed with the Colorado Rockies for three years and $9 million despite having what Tom Verducci described in a Sports Illustrated article as "ordinary credentials."[12] Bohanon was a regular with the Rockies for over two seasons and accumulated far more starts and innings pitched with the Rockies than with any other club.[10] Following the 2000 season, he underwent surgery on his elbow.[13] In August 2021, he underwent surgery on bone spurs in his pitching elbow.[14] He would go on to appear with the Louisville Bats in 2002 but would not appear in another Major League game.[5]

Bohanon posted a 54–60 record with 671 strikeouts and a 5.19 ERA. In 231 career at-bats, he hit .229 with three home runs.[10]

Personal life

Bohanon and his wife, Tina, had multiple children.[3] Their son Brandon played college baseball at the University of Houston-Victoria for coach Terry Puhl.[15]

Sources

  1. ^ Wixon, Matt (May 22, 2014). "Some of the high school pitchers, including Kerry Wood, who pitched heavy loads in high school". Dallas News. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Rangers Sign No. 1 Pick". The Oklahoman. Associated Press. June 25, 1987. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Justice, Richard (June 19, 2001). "Rockies' Bohanon takes flood damage in stride". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "1st Round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Brian Bohanon Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Newberg, Jamey (2010). The Newberg Report 2010. Brown Books Publishing Group. p. 106–07. ISBN 978-1-933651-77-4. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Box Score, April 10, 1990". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "Brian Bohanon 1990 Pitching Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers Box Score, April 25, 1990". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d "Brian Bohanon Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  11. ^ Woolums, Ken (May 28, 2014). "Woolums: Expectations for picks in first round of draft". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Verducci, Tom (November 23, 1998). "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  13. ^ Kils, Mike (May 9, 2000). "Bohanon here today, but gone tomorrow?". Denver Post. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  14. ^ "News from the National League". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. August 23, 2001. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Forman, Mike (May 2, 2011). "UHV catcher completes the family battery". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved May 16, 2021.