Brooks Brown led Georgia to the 2006 College World Series, going 8-4 in a team-high 110.2 innings pitched.
July 9, 2014
ATHENS-----Former Bulldog Brooks Brown became the 37th Georgia player to reach the Major Leagues when he made his debut recently with the Colorado Rockies.
A 6-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher from Portal, Ga., Brown originally was selected by Arizona as a supplemental first round pick (34th overall) in the 2006 First-Year player draft. Brown, a three-year letterman at UGA, helped the Bulldogs advance to the College World Series in 2004 and 2006. As a junior in 2006, he registered an 8-4 record and 4.07 ERA in 19 starts covering 110.2 innings.
He spent the next nine years in the minor leagues for Arizona (2006-08), Detroit (2009-12), Pittsburgh (2013) and Colorado (2014). He had compiled a 50-64 record and a 4.29 ERA, appearing in 223 games with 139 starts for a total of 927.2 innings.
This past Sunday, Brown was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, donned jersey number 51 and entered the game with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His final line was 1.2 innings with no runs on one hit and two strikeouts in the Rockies 8-2 loss. Also, he had his first Major League at bat, and Josh Beckett struck him out.
Brown's wife Rachel, their daughter Riley, along with his parents Steve and Cam, were in attendance when he made his debut.
On Tuesday, the 29-year-old Brown made his second appearance, facing just one batter in the sixth inning against San Diego and struck him out. It came with the Rockies up 2-1, and he earned a "hold."
Brown, who signed as a free agent in November, had made 31 appearances for the Sky Sox this year, posting a 1-0 mark with six saves, a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings with 35 strikeouts. His 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings this season were on pace to be a career best since his professional debut in 2006. After a shoulder injury sidelined him in 2011 for two months, he started transitioning from a starter to a reliever. This has been his first year as a full-time reliever.
Last year, he spent the entire season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh) and logged the fourth-most appearances on the team. He saw action in 37 games including eight starts, going 6-5 with a 4.75 ERA in 91 innings. He had a 2.95 ERA out of the bullpen.
For a look at Brown's first MLB strikeout and an interview with his parents and wife during his debut, click on the video links on his bio on the Rockies website below:
Currently, there are four other former Bulldogs in the Majors: Gordon Beckham (Chicago White Sox), Joshua Fields (Houston Astros), Justin Grimm (Chicago Cubs) and Alex Wood (Atlanta Braves). Jeff Keppinger is now a free agent after beginning the year with the White Sox.