ATLANTA – Former Lipscomb left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers is returning to the Major Leagues. On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves selected his contract from Triple-A Gwinnett to join the big-league team in San Diego in the middle of a California road trip.
A Braves fan growing up, Brothers will be making his first stint with the team after signing a minor-league contract this offseason. In 14 appearances this year between Double-A and Triple-A, Brothers has pitched to a 1.93 ERA including 22 strikeouts versus just five walks, in 14 innings of work.
It has been a winding road back to the majors for Brothers who last took the mound in an MLB game in 2015. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the supplemental first round in 2009, Brothers quickly worked his way through the minors making his major-league debut in 2011.
His best season with the Rockies came in 2013 where the southpaw compiled a 1.74 ERA converting 19 of 21 save opportunities. However, some control issues limited his success and led to a trade to the Chicago Cubs after the 2015 season. Brothers underwent offseason shoulder surgery and was released by the Cubs prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
Brothers becomes the third former Bison currently playing in the MLB, joining Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph and Oakland Athletics reliever Josh Smith.