Colorado Rockies assign Brandon Brennan to Triple-A Albuquerque
By Kevin Henry
Once a member of the 40-man roster for the Chicago White Sox, right-handed reliever Brandon Brennan has been signed by the Colorado Rockies and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in 2012, Brennan elected free agency on November 2 and was signed by the Colorado Rockies 11 days later. The 27-year-old has a 25-34 record with a 4.64 ERA in 172 games at all levels of the White Sox organization.
In late 2015, Brennan was assigned to Chicago’s 40-man roster to help protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. He progressed to Double-A the next season and spent the next two campaigns bouncing between Double- and Triple-A.
He had just four games at Triple-A Charlotte last season, throwing just five innings. However, in 2017, he recorded six saves while posting a 3.06 ERA in 14 Triple-A games.
Arguably Brennan’s best season came in 2018 with Double-A Birmingham before being called up to Triple-A on August 25. In 40 games (including one start), Brennan struck out 70 in 69.2 innings and scattered 54 hits. He also held opponents to a .207 average, then bettered that at Triple-A by lowering that to .176.
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In his last 10 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Brennan struck out 21 in 14.2 innings while walking just five.
So what does all of this mean for the Rockies? Considering that Brennan has never seen action in a Major League game, there is likely still some work to do in the minors before he would be considered for a big league call-up. However, a big (6-foot-4) right-hander could provide the Rockies with some needed Triple-A depth while proving his skills.
For any Major League team, including the Rockies, pitching is always a must. After five years in the White Sox organization, a switch to the Colorado system and the National League will provide Brennan with a fresh start while potentially providing the Rockies with another bullpen option down the road.