Biggest 180s: Ryan Brasier goes from career minor-leaguer to key member of World Series bullpen

Mike Cratty
April 08, 2019 - 3:56 pm
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Ryan Brasier’s baseball career has been a crazy journey. This journey includes parts of 10 seasons in the minor leagues, a season in Japan, and time in Mexico.

Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, he didn’t see his first MLB action in LA until 2013. From 2007-2013, Brasier was in the minor leagues with multiple Angels affiliates. His first stint with the Angels featured seven appearances, allowing him to get his feet wet in the MLB, but not quite establish himself. He was then sent back down to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees

Brasier then spent a couple years in the Oakland Athletics farm system before moving on to an opportunity in Japan for the 2017 season with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League. 

After that one year in Japan, the now-30-year-old Brasier was invited to Red Sox spring training. Brasier started the season in Pawtucket and impressed enough to eventually earn a call-up. He continue to impress at the major league level.

In the regular season last year, Brasier appeared in 34 games, went 2-0, and finished with a 1.60 ERA, 29 strikeouts and just seven walks. Such a good season put him on the map in Boston. He earned a spot on the playoff roster and cemented himself as one of the team's most important relievers on their run to a World Series title, allowing just one run in nine postseason appearances, many of which were high-leverage situations.

Some paths to becoming a professional athlete are different than others. Brasier's journey and relatively late breakthrough is an example of that.

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