Explorers Sign Outfielder Brandon Brosher
The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signing of RHP Brandon Brosher for the 2021 season.
Brandon Brosher will be entering his 9th season of professional baseball and first with the Sioux City Explorers.
Brosher was drafted in the 36th round of the 2013 draft by the New York Mets out of Springstead High School in Florida as an infielder.
After a pair of seasons at the rookie level, Brosher spent the next four bouncing between different levels of Class-A. His best season came in 2017 with Class-A, Columbia, where in 67 games primarily behind the dish, he hit .221 slugging a career high 13 home runs and 31 RBI. He rapped seven doubles and stole eight bags for the Fireflies.
Following the 2018 season spent with High-A, St. Lucie, Brosher was was released by the Mets. In the six seasons spent as a position player he played in 226 games, batting .195 with 31 home runs, 21 doubles, 94 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
In 2019 he found himself in independent baseball, playing for the Quebec Capitales. He spent just eight games with Quebec firmly as a position player. After eight games with the Capitales, he found himself still on the northern side of the border but with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles.
Trois-Rivieres began using him as a utility player, spreading him around from catcher to first base to the outfield. He had 30 at bats with the Aigles before making the switch to the mound.
Brosher’s first appearance as a pitcher came on July 2nd where he tossed one perfect inning, striking out one against the Rockland Boulders. He did not allow a run through his first five trips to the mound. Over the course of the entire season in 24 total games he had a 3.71 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 34 innings.
Staying in independent baseball during 2020, The now 26 year old, doubled down on his new found pitching success. With the New Jersey Jackals, Brosher’s appeared in 13 games and did not allow a single earned run across 17.2 innings. He issued just nine walks while racking up 29 strikeouts for an incredible K/9 of 14.8.
Through his first two abbreviated seasons as a pitcher in independent baseball the Florida native has pitched in 37 games compiling a 2.44 ERA over 51.2 innings with 64 strikeouts.
The Sioux City Explorers 29th year in Siouxland will begin at MercyOne Field at Lewis and Clark Park on May 18th versus the Houston Apollos. Single game tickets go on sale April 23rd.
By Connor Ryan, Sioux City Explorers