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.
Brandon Lawson appears to have found his niche as a starting pitcher for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. The right-hander made his fourth start on Thursday against the Dunedin Blue Jays, and it was his best performance yet.
The former USF hurler tossed five shutout innings, giving up five hits and walking two while striking out three batters. He earned the win as the Stone Crabs pulled out a 2-0 victory. He threw 84 pitches, 52 for strikes.
In his second professional season after getting drafted in the 12th round last year, Lawson struggled to find consistency out of the bullpen, going 2-2 with four saves and a 5.36 earned run average.
Since being converted into a starter in the middle of July, however, Lawson has exceled. He has gone 2-2, but has posted a 1.66 ERA, giving up just four earned runs over 21 ½ innings. He has given up a combined 15 hits, as opponents are batting .195 against him.
Overall on the season, Lawson is 4-4, having lowered his ERA down to 4.10. He has given up 59 hits and 19 walks over 63 2/3 innings, striking out 40.
Brandon Brosher has heated up at the plate for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, though he hit a slump this past week.
On Monday, playing first base in a 5-4 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs, the former Eagle went 0-for-5. He was back in the lineup in the cleanup spot as the designated hitter on Wednesday, finishing 0-for-3 with a walk in a 4-3 defeat against Charleston.
While catching on Saturday, in an 8-0 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets, Brosher was 0-for-3. He came off the bench as a pinch hitter and stayed in at first base in a 13-inning 6-4 win over Augusta on Sunday, and ended up with two plate appearances. He walked twice, stole his seventh base of the season and scored a run.
He is now averaging .201 on the year, with nine home runs and 19 runs batted in, and has scored 20 runs in 49 games.
There’s no change for Christian Arroyo, on the 7-day disabled list for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats with a fractured left hand. He is expected to remain sidelined until at least September.
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