Brandon Brosher

Down on the farm

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Hernando High graduate Christian Arroyo at the plate for the Sacramento River Cats. Photo by Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

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.
Former first-round draft pick Christian Arroyo was sent down to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats earlier this month, as the Giants hoped to get the 22-year-old more regular playing time.

Spring Hill’s Brosher catching on in Mets farm system

Brandon Brosher, Brooklyn Cyclones, photo submitted

A strong throwing arm, a large frame and power.

Those are the qualities Spring Hill native Brandon Brosher presented to the New York Mets, who selected him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft. And while his abilities allowed him to stand out on the mound and at first base during his time at Springstead High School, the Mets had another idea.

The Mets liked the 6-foot-3 235-pounder -- behind the plate. When the Mets signed Brosher, they wanted to capitalize on his arm by converting him to catcher.

Brosher battling back from bad luck

Hernando alum Brandon Lawson, left, and Springstead grad Brandon Brosher met up when their minor league baseball teams played one another last month. Photo provided

To say Brandon Brosher has had a run of bad luck in his professional baseball career might put it mildly. Over his first two seasons, the 2013 Springstead grad has endured a pair of freakish injuries.
But now in his third year, playing for the Class A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, the 21-year-old is attempting to get himself back on track – while meeting up with a familiar face.
This weekend, the Cyclones host the Hudson Valley Renegades, a team that now features Hernando alum Brandon Lawson on its pitching staff.