Former Gaither standout Drew Doty homers for first professional hit
Former Gaither standout Drew Doty has had an eventful few weeks. Doty, who was the Times Hillsborough Player of the Year in 2009, made his professional debut on June 26 for the Lancaster (Penn.) Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. On June 27, in his second at bat, Doty recorded his first major league hit, a home run.
Hi stint on the Barnstormers' roster was supposed to be only a few days, but as of Monday he is still on the team. He is hitting .150 in 40 at bats as an outfielder/designated hitter.
After graduating from Gaither, Doty played at St. Petersburg College, Santa Fe College and the University of Tampa. He was undrafted out of high school and college. He signed with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League in 2015 but tore his labrum before the season started.
Doty worked in a grocery store in Millersville, Pa. before getting the call to fill in for Lancaster.