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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Former Shelbyville Central and David Lipscomb pitcher Rex Brothers has come to terms with the Colorado Rockies. He was recently the 34th pick in Major League Baseball's 2009 first-year player draft.
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It's been a very interesting summer for former Shelbyville Central and Lipscomb left handed pitcher Rex Brothers.

Brothers was recently selected as the 34th pick overall by the Colorado Rockies in Major League Baseball's 2009 first-year player draft.

He has come to terms with the Rockies and will sign a contract, which includes a $969,000 signing bonus, once he passes a physical.

"It's nice and I really feel blessed with the signing bonus but I'm just happy to have a chance to play professional baseball and hopefully make it to the major league level in a couple of years," Brothers said. "The door is wide open and I'm really going to work hard and hopefully not have any major injuries along the way."

Brothers just completed his junior year at Lipscomb and the Rockies agreed to pay his final year of college as well.

The events over the past few days have been exciting, to say the least.

Brothers arrived in Denver Wednesday, had an MRI on his shoulder and is scheduled to undergo a physical today.

"Things have really moved fast once we agreed to terms," Brothers said. "I left out this morning (Tuesday) on a 6:00 flight and the Rockies' manger of scouting was at the airport to pick me up. I had an MRI on my shoulder and elbow and then we went to the Rockies-Washington Nationals game after that.

"I met one of the owners before the game then I had a great seat right behind home plate. Once the game was over I got to go into the clubhouse and I had the opportunity to meet Rockies manager Jim Tracy. He already know a lot about me and seemed excited to meet me. He even said he hoped to see me here soon."

Tracy has a son who is a Pittsburgh Pirate scout for this area and had scouted Brothers this past year.

Brothers went 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA with 132 strikeouts in 94.0 innings pitched for Lipscomb this past season.

His fastball has been clocked at 97 mph.

He posted a 3.26 ERA, and held a 12.64 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio this season, which ranked fourth in the nation. His 132 strikeouts were the fifth most in the nation this season, and opponents batted just .210 (74-for-352).

Brothers pitched four complete games, including one complete game shutout, and was named to the Atlantic Sun first team All-Conference team this season and Atlantic Sun Freshman of the year in 2007.

He is the highest drafted player from Lipscomb since current Rockies roving pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin, who was taken in the first round of the 1975 draft.

Brothers was ranked by Baseball America as the third best left-handed pitcher and 17th best player overall in this year's first-year player draft.

He'll get to watch his favorite team growing up, the Atlanta Braves, tonight against the Rockies, then is scheduled to leave for his first minor league assignment with the Tri-City Dust Devils of Pasco, Wash., a Class A Northwest League affiliate of the Rockies.

The Dust Devils play home games at Gesa Stadium which holds up to 3,700 fans, and are owned and operated by Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett.

When asked who he'll be rooting for when Colorado host the Braves, Brothers said with a slight laugh, "The Rockies, no doubt about it!"