Brigham threw six scoreless innings with four strikeouts Monday for High-A Jupiter. He has a 1.53 ERA and 12:5 K:BB in three starts since returning from a shoulder injury. Brigham began the season in extended spring training after dealing with a sore shoulder. At age 25 in High-A, he's not a top prospect but could be a late bloomer if he can increase his strikeout rate (8.2 K/9 last season, 6.3 K/9 this season).
Brigham was held back in extended spring training to rehab a shoulder injury, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports. A 25-year-old who has yet to pitch above High-A, Brigham is a fringe prospect, and that might be putting it nicely. He will likely report to Double-A Jacksonville when healthy.
Brigham signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports. Brigham spent 2016 pitching in Japan. Prior to that he posted an 8.64 ERA and 2.16 WHIP in 16.2 big league innings and his minor league strikeout rates have been pretty mediocre. Look for him to serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
Brigham's rights were transferred to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB on Friday. Brigham signed a minor league contract with the Tigers last week, but there had been some reports of him heading to the NPB. Friday's announcement confirms that Brigham will indeed pitch overseas in 2016.
The Braves brought up pitcher Peter Moylan, the team announced Sunday. Moylan last pitched in the majors during the 2013 season and produced a 6.46 ERA over 15 1/3 innings. To make room for Moylan, the team sent pitcher Jake Brigham down to Triple-A. Brigham produced a 4.80 ERA over 15 innings this season.
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