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 had an impressive two days on Thursday and Friday, producing nearly identical batting lines for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies against the Augusta GreenJackets.
First, he was behind the plate catching on Tuesday versus the Kannapolis Intimidators, going 0-for-4 with a walk in a 9-2 victory. Two days later, the former Eagle was back in the lineup at first base and finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run. His blast came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 10-4 loss.
Once again, he was 2-for-4 with a two-run shot on Friday. This time he hit one over the fence with no outs in the bottom of the second, initially tying the game at 2-2 though the Fireflies eventually fell, 6-5.
Brosher went 0-for-3 with a walk while batting cleanup and playing first base on Saturday. Columbia defeated Augusta, 3-0. He was back at first base on Sunday, going 0-for-4, as his team went down, 6-0.
Over 45 games, the fifth-year pro is hitting .216 with nine homers, 19 runs batted in and 19 runs scored.

Hernando alum Brandon Lawson made his third start of the season on Friday night for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Photo by the Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson continued his transition from bullpen to starting rotation, getting the ball on Friday for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs against the Dunedin Blue Jays.
The right-hander took the loss, as the Stone Crabs went down, 5-3, but didn’t pitch poorly. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two, and threw a career-high 86 pitches, 51 for strikes. He also recorded 10 groundouts, continuing a trend from his previous start when he had 11.
On the season, the former USF Bull is 3-4 with four saves and a 4.45 earned run average. However, in three starts he has compiled a 2.16 ERA despite a 1-2 record, and given up just 10 hits and four walks in 16 2/3 innings.
Christian Arroyo continues to be on the 7-day disabled list for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats with a fractured left hand. The 2013 first-round pick hasn’t played since July 1 and isn’t expected back until September at the earliest. Across 24 games for the River Cats, he was hitting .400 with four home runs, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored.
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