Down on the farm

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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.
Brandon Brosher put together a modest three-game hitting streak this week for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.
On Monday, in a 6-4 win over the Charleston RiverDogs, the former Eagle went 1-for-4 while playing catcher. He was back in the lineup on Thursday, again behind the plate, finishing 1-for-3 in a 5-0 loss to the Hickory Crawdads.
He stayed at catcher on Friday, and hit a two-out solo home run in the eighth inning of a 15-2 defeat against Hickory. He was 2-for-3 with a walk, and also picked a runner off of first base.
For the season, Brosher is batting .213 with 10 homers and 20 runs batted in, to go along with 21 runs scored in 52 games.

Hernando alum Brandon Lawson has a 3.04 ERA in five starts for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Photo by the Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson suffered his first rough start since converting from a reliever last month with the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. He had a 1.66 earned run average over his first four starts, covering 21 2/3 innings.
He was back on the mound on Tuesday against the Jupiter Hammerheads, and the right-hander gave up five earned runs on six hits and a hit batter over five innings, striking out four. He threw 76 pitches, 51 of them for strikes.
Though he took the loss to fall to 2-3 as a starter, Lawson still has a respectable 3.04 ERA in that role. He has given up 21 hits and six walks while striking out 14 in 26 2/3 innings.
In his first full professional season, Lawson is 4-5 with four saves and a 4.46 ERA. He has struck out 44 over 68 2/3 innings.
Christian Arroyo remains on the 7-day disabled list for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats with a fractured left hand. The 2013 first-round pick has not played since July 1.
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