ADRIAN, Mich.--Former Adrian College standout and second-year professional baseball player Ryan Dorow (South Haven High School) played three innings of a Major League Baseball spring training game with the Texas Rangers against the Colorado Rockies on Monday. It is believed that Dorow becomes the first player out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to get an at-bat at the MLB level since Olivet College pitcher Vern Ruhle with the 1984 Houston Astros.
Dorow entered the contest in the top of the seventh inning, replacing Elvis Andrus at shortstop. In his only fielding chance, he threw out Tony Wolters to end the eighth. Dorow struck out looking on a breaking ball after fouling off a couple pitches in his only at-bat in the home half of the frame.
The host Rangers lost to the Colorado Rockies in Surprise Stadium.
Last June, Dorow was selected in the 30th round (914th overall pick) of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Draft by the Rangers, who assigned him to the club's Rookie affiliate in the Arizona League. The sports management graduate batted .296 and had a .384 on-base percentage with 17 runs batted in during 40 games with the Arizona Rangers. That earned a promotion at the end of the summer to the full-season Class A Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League, where he had a double in three at-bats. Dorow wrapped up his first pro season by hitting in nine of his last 10 games, going 12-for-33 and a .364 batting average.
A five-time All-American by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association, Dorow ended his Bulldogs career with more than 20 school single-season and career records. At the end of the 2017 season, he also was the NCAA Division III active career leader with Adrian records of 267 hits, 57 doubles and 425 total bases.
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