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 pieced together a modest five-game hitting streak over the past two weeks for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.
On Wednesday, the former Eagle was in the lineup at catcher, and went 2-for-4 with a walk. He hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of a 12-5 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets.
Two days later, Brosher was playing first base against the Rome Braves. The righthanded slugger went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a 6-3 loss. He was back behind the plate on Saturday, finishing 0-for-2 in a 1-0 win versus Rome.
The 22-year-old upped his average to .220, with 11 homers, 23 runs batted in and 22 runs scored in 55 games.

Hernando alum Brandon Lawson is 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA and a .239 opposing batting average in seven starts. Photo by the Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson made a start on Monday for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs against the Jupiter Hammerheads. He went five innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, with no walks and no strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches, 55 for strikes, and took a no-decision in a 10-8 win.
The former Leopard and USF right-hander started again on Saturday versus the Clearwater Threshers. This time he threw six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, walking none and fanning five. He hit the 85-pitch mark again, with 57 strikes, but had another no-decision as Charlotte fell, 6-3.
Lawson is 4-5 with four saves on the year, compiling a 4.52 earned run average. In seven starts, he’s 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA and a .239 opposing batting average.

Hernando grad Christian Arroyo has officially been ruled out for the season with a fractured left hand. Photo by Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

As for Christian Arroyo, his season has officially come to an end. The 2013 first-round pick hasn’t played since July 1 for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats due to a fractured left hand. On Thursday, Giants general manager Bobby Evans told a San Francisco radio station that Arroyo was done for the year, though he could play in winter ball.
He appeared in 25 games for Sacramento, hitting .396 with seven doubles and four home runs, as well as 18 runs and 16 RBI. In 34 contests with the Giants, he batted .192 with five doubles, three homers, nine runs and 14 RBI.
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