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Rex Colman Brothers (born December 18, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. 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. He also played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves.

Rex Brothers
Rex Brothers 49 Pitching Set.jpg
Brothers with the Colorado Rockies
Free agent
Relief Pitcher
Born: (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 31)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 6, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record20–14
Earned run average3.79


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 careerEdit

Pitching for the Rockies in 2012

Colorado RockiesEdit

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] In 2014, he went 4–6 with a 5.59 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

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

Chicago CubsEdit

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

Atlanta BravesEdit

On February 3, 2017, after not pitching in baseball in 2016, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[8] On June 29, the Braves promoted Brothers to the major leagues.[9] He made 27 appearances, accumulating an ERA of 7.23 in ​23 23 innings. He agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves for the 2018 season in November 2017.[10] He was outrighted to the Gwinnett Stripers on April 25, 2018. He became a free agent at the end of the season.[11]

New York YankeesEdit

On December 17, 2018, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.[12] He received an invitation to spring training in 2019 as a non-roster player in 2019.[13] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Brothers was born to Andy and Carol Brothers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 18, 1987. He has one brother, Hunter, and one sister, Cortney. Brothers attended Shelbyville Central High School. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 210 pounds.[3][15] Hunter was also a pitcher at Lipscomb and was drafted by the Rockies in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He spent two seasons on the rookie level Grand Junction Rockies before being released


  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.
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  10. ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 2, 2017). "Brothers agrees to 1-year deal with Braves". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Sanchez, Mark (December 18, 2018). "Yankees take flier on Rex Brothers as bullpen wild card". New York Post. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
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  14. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rex Brothers". Retrieved March 28, 2013.

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