Former UGA pitcher Brooks Brown makes MLB debut


Brooks Brown and some other former UGA baseball players are making news in the MLB circuit.

Former UGA standout Brooks Brown made his MLB debut for the Colorado Rockies on July 6. He pitched 1.2 innings with 2 Ks and gave up only one hit in an 8-2 loss to the Dodgers. He has played in the minor leagues since being drafted in 2006, and it seemed like a MLB debut for Brown was a fantasy.

Brown was 1-0 with six saves, 35 Ks and a 4.35 ERA in 31 appearances for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, this year. He had also played for minor league teams of Arizona, Detroit and Pittsburgh prior to being signed by the Rockies this spring. He was drafted by the Braves out of high school in the 21st round in 2003, and then by the Diamondbacks as the 34th overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Other Bulldogs of note in MLB:

LHP Alex Wood made his return to majors last week, including 6 IP, 3 runs, 7 Ks and 1 BB against the Mets in a no decision, and 7 IP, 2 runs and 3 Ks in a loss to the Diamondbacks. For the year, he is 6-7 with a 3.14 ERA. Wood was a 2nd round draft pick by the Braves in 2012, and made his MLB debut on May 30, 2013.

Gordon Beckham, 2B for Chicago White Sox, has a .244 average, 7 HRs, 24 RBI and a .298 OBP. Beckham went undrafted out of high school, and used his stellar 3-year career at UGA to propel him to a #8 overall draft pick by the White Sox in 2008.

RHP Josh Fields, Houston Astros (1-4, 5.46 ERA, 44 Ks, 10 BBs)

RHP Justin Grimm, Chicago Cubs (2-2, 4.97 ERA, 39 Ks, 20 BBs)

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