Brandon Carlin Workman
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 195 lb.
- School University of Texas at Austin
- High School Bowie High School
- Debut July 10, 2013
Brandon Workman made the majors in 2013.
Workman was 9-4 with two saves, a 1.39 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 13 walks in 80 innings as a high school sophomore. His junior year, he was All-State after going 8-1 with a save, 0.94 ERA, 109 K in 67 IP and a .459 batting average. As a senior, he remained dominant (10-2, Sv, 0.81, 171 K, 12 BB in 76 IP; .481 AVG). He was named All-America by Louisville Slugger. The Philadelphia Phillies took him in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft but he opted for college instead.
Brandon went 5-2 with a save and a 5.06 ERA as a freshman at Texas. He had a 3-3, 3.44 record for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League, fanning 67 in 55 innings. In the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, he struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning. He led the league in whiffs. He was 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and 82 K in 75 IP as a sophomore, including a no-hitter against Penn State on March 1. He was not as sharp for the 2009 Gatemen (1-1, Sv, 5.06, 24 K in 21 1/3 IP). He had a perfect first inning in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game to get the win for the West. Baseball America named him the league's #7 prospect, between Jack Armstrong Jr. and Jesse Hahn.
His junior year of college, the Arlington native went 12-2 with a 3.35 ERA. He led the Big 12 Conference in wins, tied for first in complete games (4, tied with Cole Green) and shutouts (2) and was 5th in strikeouts (101). He made All-Conference, joining Barret Loux and Green as the starting pitchers; Loux was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
The Boston Red Sox took Workman in the 2nd round of the 2010 amateur draft, the 57th pick. He was their fourth selection, following Kolbrin Vitek, Bryce Brentz and Anthony Ranaudo. The scout was Jim Robinson. He was 6-7 with a 3.71 ERA for the 2011 Greenville Drive in his pro debut, finishing 10th in the South Atlantic League with 115 whiffs. Brandon split 2012 between the Salem Red Sox (7-7, 3.40) and Portland Sea Dogs (3-1, 3.96), with 130 strikeouts to 25 walks in 138 2/3 IP. He was 4th in the Carolina League in ERA (between Gus Schlosser and Keith Couch), 2nd in WHIP (1.09, .03 behind Kyle Hendricks) and second in opponent average (.244). For the year, he was 7th in the Red Sox chain in ERA, tied for second in strikeouts (with Henry Owens, 3 behind Brentz) and 4th in wins (behind Billy Buckner, Owens and Couch). He was named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
The right-hander continued his rise in 2013. He opened with Portland and went 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 74 K in 65 2/3 IP. Promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox, he had a 3-1, 2.80 record after six starts. The Red Sox then called him up when Alex Wilson went on the DL.
In his big league debut, Brandon relieved Felix Doubront with a 9-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th against the Mariners. He immediately made the game closer by serving up a home run to Brendan Ryan and back-to-back doubles to Dustin Ackley and Kendrys Morales. Kyle Seager lined out and Jason Bay struck out, but Justin Smoak doubled to cut it to 9-4. Workman got Michael Saunders swinging to end the inning. In the 9th, he was sharper, fanning Henry Blanco and Ryan with a line-out by Brad Miller in between. He was given his first start on July 14th against the Oakland Athletics and was outstanding, holding the AL West leaders hitless through 6 innings; in fact his only blemish during that stretch was a one-out walk to John Jaso in the 4th, but he was caught stealing as Josh Donaldson was called out on strikes. He allowed a lead-off single to Coco Crisp to break up the no-hit bid in the 7th, then allowed a two-run homer to Donaldson with one out and left with the score tied, 2-2. In 20 games (3 starts) for the 2013 Red Sox, Workman was 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA. He struck out 47 in 41 2/3 IP. He was very good in the postseason, allowing only one unearned run in 8 2/3 IP over 7 relief outings as Boston won the World Series. He got his first MLB plate appearance in the 9th inning of Game 3 of the Series, fanning against Trevor Rosenthal. In the bottom of the 9th, he allowed a one-out single to Yadier Molina and was relieved by Koji Uehara. He wound up taking the loss when the Cardinals scored on a Will Middlebrooks error.