From Our Sports Central -
NEWARK, NJ – June 19, 2007 – Newark Bears starter Bobby Brownlie (4-3) pitched six-plus scoreless innings striking out a season high ten batters and second baseman Javier Colina hit his team leading ninth home run of the season as the Bears defeated the Road Warriors 7-0 Tuesday evening at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
I know that the Bears play in a league that’s close to being just Double-A caliber. And, I know that the Cubs released Brownlie because he, in their opinion, was not showing them anything that said he was progressing towards being a good big league pitcher. But, five years ago, he was a stud at Rutgers.
In nine starts at Newark, Brownlie’s got an ERA of 3.30 and he’s averaging 6.3 IP per start. His K/BB ratio is 2.6 to one. And, he’s not tremendously old – he’s three and a half years away from being thirty.
It just seems like the Yankees should give Brownlie a shot. Sign him, stick him in Trenton (Double-A) and give him a month or two. See how it goes from there.
The way teams need pitchers, someone is going to sign him soon. Why not beat them to the punch?