Down on the farm

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Hernando High graduate Christian Arroyo at the plate for the Sacramento River Cats. Photo by Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

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NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Former first-round draft pick Christian Arroyo was sent down to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats earlier this month, as the Giants hoped to get the 22-year-old more regular playing time.
That plan hasn’t panned out for the time being, after Arroyo was hit on the hand by a pitch, forcing him to leave the game against the Las Vegas 51s on June 14. Though X-rays came back negative, he has not played since and was placed on the 7-day disabled list last Sunday, retroactive to June 15.
The middle infielder was hitting .292 with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored in seven games since being optioned back, and is hitting .404 with seven doubles, four homers, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored in 23 contests with the River Cats overall.

Hernando High alum Brandon Lawson pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson, pitching for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs, appeared in two games out of the bullpen this past week. The 22-year-old right-hander, in his first full professional season after getting drafted out of USF last summer, blew a save and took the loss in Tuesday’s 4-3 defeat against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
In that game, Lawson came on to start the top of the eighth inning and ended up allowing three runs on the first home run he had given up in his pro career. He rebounded by tossing a perfect ninth, yielding three hits but striking out three in two innings of work.
Two days later, Lawson shrugged off that outing, earning the win as Charlotte downed the St. Lucie Mets, 13-10. It was Lawson who restored order for the Stone Crabs, recording the final out in the bottom of the seventh and retiring St. Lucie in order in the eighth. He struck out one in 1 1/3 innings on the mound.
He also threw on Saturday, in a 6-1 victory over St. Lucie, earning his sixth hold with a two-inning stint, featuring a hit, a run and a walk.
Following a rough few outings to start the season, Lawson has slowly lowered his earned run average to 4.75 and stands at 2-2 with four saves in six opportunities. He has appeared in 23 games, all in relief, throwing 36 innings, allowing 32 hits and 12 walks while striking out 25.

Springstead graduate Brandon Brosher batting for the Brooklyn Cyclones last season. Photo submitted

A catcher by trade, Brandon Brosher was in the lineup at designated hitter for three games for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, all against the Kannapolis Intimidators. The 22-year-old drafted out of high school was 0-for-4 on Thursday and 1-for-4 on Friday. On Sunday, he finished 0-for-3.
In 28 games this season, Brosher is batting .205 with five home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Follow Chris Bernhardt Jr. on Twitter @cpbernhardtjr.