Conroy was Oakland's first pick in the 1978 June draft; Charley Finley brought the
18-year-old right to the majors, where he proved embarrassingly wild. Four years
in Double-A and Class-A followed. He fought to control his 95-mph fastball and sharp-breaking
curve, and returned to Oakland to go 7-10 in 1983. Back in the Pacific Coast League
in 1985, he threw a seven-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against Tucson on May 14. He went
to the Cardinals in the trade for Joaquin Andujar that December, but his flashes
of brilliance were tempered by shoulder problems.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 8, 1978: Bob Horner, the College Player of the Year, is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. Horner will skip the minors and debut on June 16 with a homer in his first game, off Blyleven. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. The Yankees, with three first-round selections awarded as compensation in player signings, pick Rex Hudler, Matt Winters, and Brian Ryder. On the 23rd round they take a Clearwater RHP named Howard Johnson, who will make the ML as an infielder. MSU's Kirk Gibson, who most teams assume will play football, lasts until the 12th overall pick when his hometown Tigers take him. He signs for $200,000 and promises to drop football. Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round, and Ryne Sandberg goes the Phils on the 20th round. Besides Horner, three other draft picks, all high schoolers, will jump directly to the majors after signing: the A's Mike Morgan (June 11); Blue Jays Brian Milner (June 23) and the A's Tim Conroy (June 23).