My good friend and colleague Ryan Dunleavy from The Courier News and Home News Tribune had this story in today’s paper about three minor leaguers from Central Jersey; two of which have Eastern League ties.
Bobby Brownlie, who was on the Akron Aeros roster when they faced the Thunder for the Eastern League Championship last year is featured in the story, as well as Kevin Mulvey, who made several starts for the Binghamton Mets in Waterfront Park last season.
It’s very possible you could see Brownlie again, as he would have a good chance of being assigned to Harrisburg if he’s able to earn a spot in the Nationals system. Not to bring up “my other beat” again, but I covered him very extensively last season in the Atlantic League. I went to Newark for his first start, which received some significant local media attention, and followed his progress throughout the season, speaking with him numerous times.
As Dunleavy writes, the velocity issues that plagued him in the Cubs organization are still there, but he did tell me that he was able to pick up a few miles per hour by changing his grip and working on his mechanics with the Bears pitching coach, Steve Foucault. Brownlie has a large local following, and you can expect a large contingent of his followers in the stands if he should ever pitch in Mercer County.
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