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.
Coming off a recent hot streak, Brandon Brosher only got into two games for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this past week.
The former Eagle was in the lineup at designated hitter and batting fourth in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Brosher went 1-for-5 at the plate, with a line-drive single in the sixth.
On Friday, Brosher went behind the plate at catcher, as the Fireflies continued their series with Greensboro. He finished 0-for-4. Against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday, Brosher was at first base, going 0-for-2 with a walk and stealing his fifth base of the season.
He has played in 39 games this season, batting .220 with seven home runs and 15 runs batted in, while scoring 17 runs.

Hernando High alum Brandon Lawson pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson made his lone pitching appearance of the week on Thursday, as his Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs lost 5-3 to the Fort Myers Miracle.
The right-hander came on with two outs and a man on first in the top of the fourth inning. Lawson gave up a single and a two-run triple before inducing a flyout to right field to end the frame.
Lawson has appeared in 27 games out of the bullpen for the Stone Crabs. He’s 2-2 with four saves, compiling a 5.36 earned run average. He has struck out 30 batters in 42 innings.
The remainder of Christian Arroyo’s season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats remains in doubt as he deals with a fractured left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch on July 1. The 2013 first-round pick has played in 24 games for the River Cats, hitting .400 with four home runs, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored.
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