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 found himself in the lineup five straight days for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this week, and provided his team with some production at the plate.
On Monday against the Rome Braves, Brosher caught and went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the third inning. He also walked twice in a 6-5 victory.
The next day versus the Greenville Drive, Brosher was the designated hitter and had another 1-for-3 night, walking once, and smacking a three-run homer as the Fireflies pulled out a 14-7 win.
Then on Wednesday, Brosher had an interesting experience in a 16-5 loss to Greenville. Starting as the DH, he ended up 1-for-4 with a run scored. But in the bottom of the eighth inning of the blowout, Columbia asked Brosher to pitch for the first time in his five-year professional career.
Brosher, a hard-throwing, right-handed hurler throughout his youth and high school days, gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in his one inning, though he did strike out a batter.
Back at catcher on Thursday, Brosher was 1-for-3 in a 10-0 loss to Greenville, and had a 0-for-4 day at DH on Friday in a 3-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads. On Sunday, he was 0-for-4 as the DH in a 4-3 triumph at Hickory.
Over 61 games this season, Brosher is hitting .217 with 13 home runs, 28 runs batted in and 26 runs scored.
Brandon Lawson was scheduled to start for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday against the Fort Myers Miracle, but the game was postponed due to wet grounds and rescheduled as part of a Sunday doubleheader. However, both those contests were rained out.
Lawson remains 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.
Christian Arroyo is out for the season, on the disabled list with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats due to a fractured left hand.
Follow Chris Bernhardt Jr. on Twitter @cpbernhardtjr.

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