Rex Brothers

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Rex Brothers
Rex Brothers 49 Pitching Set.jpg
Brothers with the Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves
Relief Pitcher
Born: (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 29)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 6, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 16–11
Earned run average 3.42
Strikeouts 278
Saves 20

Rex Colman Brothers (born December 18, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who recently signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2017 season. After playing college baseball at Lipscomb University, Brothers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 MLB draft. He debuted with the Rockies in 2011 and played for them until 2015.


Brothers played baseball for Lipscomb University. In 2007, he was named conference Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore in 2008, he helped the team make its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.[1] The following season, he had a school-record 132 strikeouts.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pitching for the Rockies in 2012

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Brothers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft, and he signed with the team on July 9.[3] He then spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the minor leagues.[4] In 2011, Brothers made his major league debut with the Rockies on June 6. He finished the season with a 1–2 win–loss record, a 2.88 earned run average (ERA), and 59 strikeouts in 40.2 innings in the majors. In 2012, he went 8–2 with a 3.86 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

On June 14, 2014, in a 5–4 win over the San Francisco Giants, Brothers became the 71st pitcher in Major League history to strike out three batters on only nine pitches in one inning. It was also the first Immaculate Inning in Colorado Rockies franchise history and the first at AT&T Park. In order in the eighth inning, he faced Michael Morse, Brandon Crawford, and Gregor Blanco to strike out the side.[3]

Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies after the 2015 season.[5]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On November 25, 2015, Brothers traded to the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera.[6] He was released on March 10, 2016.[7]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On February 3, 2017, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Brothers was born to Andy and Carol Brothers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 18, 1987. He has one brother and one sister. Brothers attended Shelbyville Central High School. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 210 pounds.[3][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Young, Travis. "Bisons in the pros; Rex Brothers". May 16, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Brothers selected by Rockies in MLB draft". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Rex Brothers Statistics and History". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Rex Brothers Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rockies designate Axford, Rosario for assignment". Associated Press. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ Groke, Nick (November 25, 2016). "Rex Brothers traded by Rockies to Cubs for teen prospect". Denver Post. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Paul (March 10, 2016). "Cubs release reliever Rex Brothers". Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ O'Brien, David (February 3, 2017). "Braves sign lefty Rex Brothers to minor league contract". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rex Brothers". Retrieved March 28, 2013.

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