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 Brosher continued his recent hot streak at the plate this week for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound right-hander from Spring Hill started at designated hitter on Tuesday and delivered some Fourth of July fireworks of his own versus the Augusta GreenJackets. Brosher smacked a solo home run with one out in the top of the second inning, though Columbia went on to lose, 5-3, in a game that was suspended in the seventh inning due to a power outage and completed the following day. Brosher finished 1-for-4.
Brosher was back in the lineup again at DH on Thursday, and turned out to be the hero for the Fireflies. The 22-year-old hit another solo homer, this time in the top of the 10th inning, providing the go-ahead run in a 2-1 victory. He ended up going 3-for-4 with a pair of singles, and also walked.
It was his first three-hit game of the season, and the second time he has gone yard in extra innings for what proved to be the winning run. He had previously homered in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Hagerstown Suns on June 2.
Starting at first base and hitting cleanup on Friday, Brosher ended up going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a 7-1 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs. That ended a six-game hitting streak, during which Brosher batted .409 with two doubles, two homers, five runs batted in and five runs scored.
On Sunday, Brosher was back at DH and was 0-for-3 with two walks in a 3-2 loss to Charleston.
This recent surge has helped lift his season average from .205 to .233, going along with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in 36 games.
Brandon Lawson made one appearance out of the bullpen this past week for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. The right-hander threw two innings on Thursday in an 8-5 win over the St. Lucie Mets.
During that outing, the 22-year-old in his first full professional season continued some recent struggles, giving up an earned run on two hits and a walk, striking out one. One of those hits was a double off the bat of Tim Tebow. Lawson did induce a double play, and threw 43 pitches including 25 for strikes.
On the year, Lawson is 2-2 with four saves and a 5.18 earned run average over 26 games. He has struck out 30 batters in 41 2/3 innings.
Christian Arroyo remains on the disabled list for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, with a fractured left hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch on July 1. The 22-year-old first-round pick out of high school, who spent 34 games with the Giants this season, is expected to be out at least two months.
Arroyo has played in 24 games for the River Cats, hitting .400 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in. He also scored 18 runs. However, he has only played parts of one game since June 14 due to two separate DL stints caused by getting hit on the same hand.
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