From BR Bullpen
Ronald James Maurer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of North Carolina
Ron Maurer spent five seasons in AAA but never made the major leagues. Maurer once played every position in a game.
Maurer played for the University of North Carolina in the 1989 College World Series. He was All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 1990. He set UNC records for longest hitting streak (31 games) and assists in a season (220). Ron was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1990 amateur draft.
Maurer debuted as a pro with the 1990 Great Falls Dodgers, hitting .270/.356/.380 and fielding .937 at shortstop. In '91, he hit .290/~.378/.407 for the Bakersfield Dodgers. He led the Bakersfield squad with 63 walks and posted a better average than teammates Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi. He was named the California League's All-Star shortstop that season.
Ron played for the Adelaide Giants in the 1991-1992 Australian Baseball League, batting .279/.344/.436. In the summer of '92, he hit .272/.318/.330 for the San Antonio Missions as his power production fell significantly (33 extra-base hits in 1991 to 13 in 1992). In 1993, he batted .189/.318/.275 in 11 games for San Antonio and .293/.354/.431 in 58 for the Albuquerque Dukes.
Back with Adelaide that winter, Maurer batted .311/.395/.434 with 38 runs in 56 games. He was named the second-team All-Star shortstop in the 1993-1994 ABL behind former major leaguer Greg Jelks. In 1994, the New Jersey native batted .280/.316/.408 for Albuquerque as a utility infielder.
Maurer hit .259/.337/.438 for the 1995 Dukes and played at least five games at every position except first base and pitcher. He appeared at all nine positions on September 4; his inning on the mound was hitless, scoreless and walkless and he struck out one.
In 1996, Ron hit .275/.364/.414 in 80 games for the Dukes while playing all four infield positions and the outfield. He also was 5 for 19 with three walks with San Antonio, where he strictly played catcher. For Albuquerque in 1997, Maurer batted .275/.355/.427; while playing at least 15 times at first base, second base and shortstop; his 59 games at short led the club. He again did not get a call-up to The Show despite good numbers at AAA and obvious versatility.
Maurer went to the Sinon Bulls in 1998 and batted .305/.393/.459, tying Kuang-Huei Wang for 10th in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in average. He also rapped 31 doubles. Ron won the Gold Glove at shortstop in the CPBL that year and also was named to the Best Ten as the league's top overall player at short.
Maurer hit .264/.374/.429 in 1999 for Sinon. He ended his career in 2000 with the Waterbury Spirit, batting just .187.