Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/21/12
BROOKS BROWN RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: June 20, 1985 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 210 Bats: Left Throws: Right Drafted: 1st round, 34th overall, 2006 (Diamondbacks) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent College: University of Georgia Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Brown was a supplemental first round pick of Arizona in 2006 on the strength of a fastball that sat at 90-93 and reached 96, as well as a good curve.  He quickly advanced to AA, but struggled in AA and AAA for five years.  He no longer throws as hard, sitting in the upper 80s and low 90s, with a slider and a fringy change.  He doesn’t have very good control, either.  He’s generally been a strong groundball pitcher and has had moderate platoon splits.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2013, with a spring training invite. 2006 A-:  0-2-0, 3.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 23.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 11.4 K/9 Brown struck out a lot of hitters in a brief debut in short season ball. 2007 A+:  6-3-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 80.0 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 8.3 K/9 AA:  4-4-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 66.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 7.3 K/9 Brown spent half the season in high A and pitched very well there, then had some control problems in AA.  Baseball America rated him Arizona’s 12th best prospect after the season. 2008 AA:  6-15-0, 4.18 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 144.1 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 7.0 K/9 Arizona returned Brown to AA and he struggled there.  Shortly before the 2009 season, the Diamondbacks sent him to Detroit so they could retain the rights to Rule 5 selection James Skelton.  The deal indicates the Diamondbacks didn’t think that highly of Brown, as Skelton wasn’t a top prospect; he never reached the majors and played only briefly in AAA. 2009 AA:  5-0-0, 2.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 36.2 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 3.2 K/9 AAA:  3-13-0, 4.71 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 112.2 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 3.8 K/9 After he got off to a good start in AA, the Tigers moved Brown up to AAA, where he struggled.  His K rate dropped to an extremely low level at both stops. 2010 AA:  12-9-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 128.0 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 6.0 K/9 Detroit sent Brown to AA for the season.  He started 18 games there and relieved in 10.  He pitched much better, with his K rate improving to the point where it was just low rather than nearly invisible. 2011 AA:  3-9-0, 5.67 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 93.2 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 6.2 K/9 Brown went back to AA again and this time struggled.  He posted about the same BB and K rates, but got hit much harder.  He missed the first two months of the season with an injury and made only 17 starts. 2012 AAA:  4-4-0, 4.90 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 112.0 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 Brown finally got back to AAA, but he pitched poorly in 19 starts and 10 relief appearances. Other than getting groundballs, Brown doesn’t seem to do anything very well, so it’s puzzling that the Pirates extended him an invitation to spring training.  He probably belongs in AA.  It’s conceivable they may think he’ll fare better as a reliever, something he hasn’t done a lot yet. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $900,000 MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 4, 2003: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 21st round, 637th overall pick. June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the supplemental 1st round, 34th overall pick; signed on June 29. April 2, 2009: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Detroit Tigers as compensation for Rule 5 pick James Skelton. November 3, 2012: Became a free agent. November 21, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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