SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers announced the signing of pitcher Brian Browning. The former Colorado Rockies pitcher enters his third season in professional baseball, and second in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. “I hope to join the Stompers this season and contribute to their continued success in the Pacific Association! I will be happy getting back on the mound be it starting or relief, and I can't wait to live in the beautiful town of Sonoma!” said Browning.
In 2017, Browning played for Boise Hawks of the Northwest League (A-) for the Colorado Rockies affiliate. In 11 games pitched, Browning compiled a 1-2 won loss record in 15.2 innings while striking out 12. “My host family was wonderful and I am still in contact with them today! I played in the Northwest League and was able to travel to beautiful places like Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, Canada!” Browning said. Previous to signing with Colorado, Browning played three levels of college baseball.
The lefty started his collegiate career at the Junior College level at Northwest Florida State College. “My favorite baseball memory would be winning the Junior College World Series my sophomore year. I helped our team by throwing a complete game shutout, day two of the tournament against Iowa Western, putting a stop to their 36 game win streak,” said Browning. With the Raiders he held a 14-4 won loss record in 134 innings pitched with 108 strikeouts.
In 2016, Browning then transferred to the University of Mississippi, members of the Southeastern Conference. Browning did not allow a run in three of his four appearances for the Rebels.
The Homewood, Alabama native spent his senior season at the Division-2 level for the University of West Florida Argonauts where he held a won loss record of 4-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 50 innings pitched and 41 strikeouts. “It was a challenging transition to be at three different cities and coaching staffs, while losing some school credits in the process... I was able to meet many good guys along the way and I wouldn't change it for anything,” said Browning. In 2017, Browning returned to West Florida to complete his degree in Communications.
In 2018, Browning joined the Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific Association where he held an impressive 1.64 ERA in 11 innings of work with 13 strikeouts. “He’ll be a versatile member of the pitching staff as he has started and relieved with equal success throughout his career,” said General Manager Brett Creamer. In four seasons of college baseball, Browning holds a 18-7 won loss record in 187.2 innings pitched with 151 strikeouts.