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Andrew Aaron Brown

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Born in Ohio, Andrew Brown attended Trinity Christian Academy in Florida where he played center field as a senior. Picked by the Atlanta Braves in the 6th round of the draft in 1999, he was signed by scout Marco Paddy and played in their minor league system in 1999 and 2001. He had a 2.34 ERA in the rookie league and a 3.92 ERA in Single A ball. In 2000 he did not pitch due to injury.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002 in a trade involving Gary Sheffield, and was in their system in 2002 and 2003. In 2002 he had an ERA of 4.11 with a record of 10-10, while in 2003 he appeared in only one game as he had an elbow injury that required surgery.

In 2004 he was traded in May to the Cleveland Indians to complete a deal for Milton Bradley. He pitched for three minor league teams that year, mostly with the Akron Aeros where he had a 4.66 ERA. He was on the DL for a while in 2004 with shoulder fatigue. In 2005 and 2006, he pitched for the Buffalo Bisons, with a 3.36 ERA in 2005 and a 2.60 ERA in 2006. He was on the major league roster for over a month in 2005, but did not pitch.

He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2006. He appeared in 9 games, pitching 10 innings with an ERA of 3.60. He gave up only 6 hits but yielded 8 walks.

After the 2006 season, Brown was traded to the San Diego Padres, then shortly into the 2007 season, was traded to the Oakland Athletics. That second trade was actually the second time he had been traded for moody outfielder Bradley, after his 2004 transaction. With the Padres, he did not pitch at the major league level but went 2-3, 3.78 in 32 games out of the bullpen for the AAA Portland Beavers. He then pitched 5 times for the Sacramento River Cats before getting another call to the big leagues. He pitched 33 times for Oakland, all in relief, spending 41 2/3 innings on the mound with a 3-3 record, a 4.54 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He was back with Oakland in 2008, getting into another 31 games, with a 0-1 record but a solid 3.09 ERA. He was twice on the disabled list, first in late May, after which he made a few minor league outings before returning to Oakland, and then for good at the end of July.

His last injury caused Brown to miss the entire 2009 season. He attempted a comeback in 2010, spending time in both the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals organizations. Pitching solely in the minors, he went 3-0 with a 5,74 ERA between the two organizations. He started off well with the Syracuse Chiefs, giving up three runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 10. This prompted the Cardinals to acquire him, but he showed no spark with the Memphis Redbirds, as a 6.75 ERA in 18 games attests. Brown has not been pitching professionally since then.

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