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 started Tuesday for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs in an 8-2 win over the Clearwater Threshers. The right-hander tossed six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He hit one batter and threw a career-high 91 pitches, 57 strikes.
That would be his final appearance for the Stone Crabs, whose season ended on Sunday. Lawson, however, was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls that day and made his first appearance for them out of the bullpen on Monday. He pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three in a 3-0 loss to the Gwinnett Braves.
Durham will now head into a Governors’ Cup divisional playoff series against the Indianapolis Indians starting Wednesday.
In his first full pro season, Lawson ended up 5-5 with four saves with the Stone Crabs, posting a 4.41 earned run average across 35 appearances. Over eight starts, he was 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA.
Brandon Brosher produced a big three-run double for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies in Friday night’s 4-2 win over the Rome Braves. The two-bagger, his seventh of the year, was part of a four-run top of the sixth inning and a 1-for-3 night for the designated hitter.
On Tuesday, Brosher came off the bench versus the Asheville Tourists and played third base for the first time in his five-year pro career. He went 2-for-3 with a double in a 3-2 loss.
The former Eagle was back in the lineup at catcher on Wednesday, finishing 0-for-3 in a 4-1 loss to Asheville. He went 1-for-4 on Saturday as the DH as the Fireflies fell 10-0 against Rome.
He started each of the final two games of the year for Columbia, both versus Rome. Brosher ended up 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored on Sunday while playing first base in a 16-4 defeat. He was 0-for-4 on Monday as the DH in a 4-2 loss.
Brosher finished the season hitting .221 in 67 games, with 13 home runs and 31 runs batted in, scoring 28 runs.
Christian Arroyo’s season ended on July 1 when he was hit by a pitch that fractured his left hand while playing for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.
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