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Prospects On Deck: RHP Brandon Lawson-Rays

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Right-handed pitcher Brandon Lawson had a solid collegiate career at the University of South Florida. The twenty-one year old finished this past season with a 5-5 record and a 2.50 ERA; he struck out 111 batters in 101 innings pitched which tied for second in the American Athletic Conference.

Lawson helped USF upset East Carolina in the AAC tournament as he allowed just seven hits in seven innings of work; striking out an impressive eight batters. He was then named to the 2016 American Athletic Conference Second Team at the conclusion of the season.

Brandon Lawson was then one of three USF Bulls to be drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft in the second week of June. In the 12th Round, 360th overall, the Tampa Bay Rays- the hometown team-drafted Lawson. He not only attended college in the Tampa Bay area but also is from nearby Brooksville and attended Hernando High School. Many players dream not only of being drafted and playing in the Majors, but to be drafted by the team that plays in your home area is even better.

On June 15, 2016, Lawson officially signed with the Rays and was assigned to the Class-A Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.

He made his pro ball debut on June 22 for the Renegades allowing one hit over two innings and being charged with his first loss. In all, he has made four appearances with Hudson Valley with a 1-1 record and a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings; with just three runs allowed; striking out 10.



Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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