Bill Bryk

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William E. Bryk
born William Brykczynski

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Bryk pitched four seasons in the minor leagues, managed for six in the minors and has spent most of his baseball life as a scout. His son Billy Bryk, Jr. has been a coach.

Bryk was drafted in the 32nd round of the 1969 amateur draft by the Washington Senators. He debuted that season with the Wytheville Senators, going 1 for 1 at the plate. On the mound, he was 1-0 with a 10.38 ERA, allowing 21 hits sand 15 walks in 13 innings. In 1970, he pitched for the Burlington Senators (2 runs in 1 IP) and the Geneva Senators (1-2, 1 Sv, 7.20 ERA in 9 games). He spent 1972 with the Batavia Trojans, winning his only decision. Despite walking 15 batters in 18 innings, his ERA was a fine 2.50.

Though he had been known as Bill Brykczynski previously, he shortened his name to Bryk. He was using that name when he became player-manager of the Beeville Blazers of the unaffiliated Lone Star League. In his role as pitcher, he had a 1-0 record and a 4.74 ERA in 5 games. One of his three starts was a shutout. Control remained an issue, as he walked 17 batters, hit 7 and threw 5 wild pitches in 19 innings. He was extremely hard to hit, though, allowing just 8 hits.

Bryk was as a scout for the San Diego Padres in the 1979-1981, then moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a special assignment scout (1982-1983) and scouting supervisor (1984-??). He signed Rob Mackowiak for the Pirates.

In 2011, Bryk was a Major League Scout and Special Assistant to the GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1977 Beeville Blazers Lone Star League 37-43 4th none none
1978 Grays Harbor Loggers Northwest League 47-23 1st none League Champs
1979 Victoria Mussels Northwest League 41-31 3rd (t) none
1980 Grays Harbor Loggers Northwest League 33-36 6th none
1981 Walla Walla Padres Northwest League 29-41 6th San Diego Padres
1983 Watertown Pirates New York-Penn League 21-55 12th Pittsburgh Pirates
1984 Watertown Pirates New York-Penn League 39-35 5th Pittsburgh Pirates

Sources include 1970-1973 and 1978 Baseball Guides, e-mail communication from Padres scout Bill Gayton

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