ROCKERS ANNOUNCE FIRST SIGNING OF 2020: Pitcher John Brownell Returning to High Point
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point Rockers announced the signing of right-handed pitcher John Brownell for the 2020 season. A late-season acquisition in 2019, Brownell will be playing in his ninth season in the Atlantic League, and 15th overall of professional baseball.
Signed in September of 2019, Brownell pitched three games for the Rockers with a 2-0 record and 1.31 earned run average. The 36-year old righty was 10-5 with a 3.35 ERA last year for both High Point and the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. In his prior eight years in the Atlantic League, Brownell has earned 67 wins making him the second winningest pitcher in the league’s history. He is already the league leader in career strikeouts with 770 and ranks second in most innings pitched.
“John was a tremendous addition to our staff late last season,” noted Jamie Keefe, Manager of the High Point Rockers. “We are excited to have him in back High Point to start 2020 and look forward to building our rotation around him.”
Albeit briefly, Brownell was part of staff that led the Atlantic League in ERA (3.74), runs allowed (559), earned runs allowed (503), and walks/hits per inning (1.25) under the tutelage of World Series MVP and Cy Young award winner Frank Viola, who serves as the Rockers pitching coach.
The High Point Rockers will begin their 2020 campaign on Thursday, April 30th against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Season Tickets, including half-season and partial season plans, as well as Group Outings are currently on sale with single game tickets being made available at a later date. For more information on securing your seats to the Triad’s premier baseball experience, call (336) 888-1000 or slide to www.HighPointRockers.com.
About High Point Baseball, Inc
High Point Baseball aka the High Point Rockers began their inaugural season in the Atlantic League in 2019 with their home opener on May 2, in a brand new approximately $36M downtown ballpark named BB&T Point. Enhancing the rich baseball history in North Carolina, High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America. High Point Baseball is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Triad of North Carolina. With seven players having their contract purchased and earning the 2019 Ballpark of the Year as well as Mascot of the Year (HYPE, The Rocking Horse), the High Point Rockers have built a fun and competitive atmosphere in both High Point and the Atlantic League.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com