The Atlanta Braves have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Cole Brocker from the Normal CornBelters. Brocker, who participated in the 2014 California Winter League (CWL), had been a workhorse out of the Belters’ bullpen, striking out 36 batters in 30 innings of work. The Appleton, Wisconsin native had given up only 5 earned runs in his 19 appearances while compiling a 1.50 ERA and a 1-1 record. Brocker also recorded a save as well.
The former Oregon State Beaver performed very well in the 2014 CWL for the Palm Springs Power. In his 16 2/3 innings, the 6’2″, 220 pound righty struck out 22 batters while only giving up one earned run. “The CWL was a great opportunity for me,” Brocker told CWL General Manager, Pete Wagoner. “There a lot of people I have to thank and the CWL is part of that. It’s a road less traveled, but it’s a road nonetheless. I’m very thankful for my opportunity there.”
Brocker was drafted in the 39th round of the 2011 draft by the Detroit Tigers after spending two years at Sacramento City College. He decided not to sign, and instead joined the perennial Pac-12 power, Oregon State. As a Junior, he struck out 26 in 23 2/3 innings. His senior year, he was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances. The power pitcher joins the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Braves on Wednesday. The GCL Braves are the organization’s Rookie Level affiliate.
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