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Former Houston Astros farmhand Robby Donovan signed with the boomers in April 2011.
Donovan, 23, joins the Boomers after three seasons in the Houston Astros farm system. After being selected in the 23rd round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft following his junior season at Stetson University, Donovan pitched 33.2 innings with the Low-A Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. In 19 games, Donovan posted a 3.74 ERA with four starts and four saves.
The following year, Donovan split time with the Class A Lexington Legends and the Class Advanced A Lancaster Jethawks. On the year, Donovan was 9-8 with a 4.22 ERA in 130.0 innings in 26 starts. For his pro career, Donovan holds a 16-27 record and a 5.11 ERA in 301.0 innings. In 71 games, Donovan made 56 starts, threw one complete game and struck out 214 batters.
The Royal Palm Beach, Fla. native played three seasons at Division I Stetson University, electing to attend the Atlantic Sun Conference school after being drafted in the 35th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft. Donovan appeared in 42 games on the mound for the Hatters, going 9-12 with 32 starts and one complete game. Donovan pitched 200.0 innings for Stetson and allowed 231 hits, struck out 160 and walked 77 to go along with a 5.36 career ERA.
Donovan went 8-3 with 100 strikeouts in 79.0 innings for Royal Palm Beach High School and led team to an appearance in district playoffs. The 6’5” righty was named First Team All-County and recognized as a Puma All-American following a 5-0 junior season in 2005.