Rex Brothers
Rex Brothers 49 Pitching Set.jpg
Brothers with the Colorado Rockies
Free agent
Born: (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 34)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 6, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record23–16
Earned run average4.08

Rex Colman Brothers (born December 18, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. After playing college baseball at Lipscomb University, Brothers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 MLB draft. He debuted with the Rockies in 2011 and played for them until 2015. He also played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.


After graduating from Shelbyville Central High School in Shelbyville, Tennessee, Brothers played baseball for Lipscomb University. In 2007, he was named conference Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore in 2008, he helped the team make its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.[1] The following season, he had a school-record 132 strikeouts.[2] In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and returned to the league in 2008 to play for the Falmouth Commodores.[3][4][5]

Professional career

Pitching for the Rockies in 2012
Pitching for the Rockies in 2012

Colorado Rockies

Brothers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft, and he signed with the team on July 9.[6] He then spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the minor leagues.[7] In 2011, Brothers made his major league debut with the Rockies on June 6. He finished the season with a 1–2 win–loss record, a 2.88 earned run average (ERA), and 59 strikeouts in 40+23 innings in the majors.[6] In 2012, he went 8–2 with a 3.86 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 67+23 innings.[6]

On June 14, 2014, in a 5–4 win over the San Francisco Giants, Brothers struck out all three batters of the eighth inning on nine total pitches, becoming the 71st pitcher in major-league history to throw an immaculate inning.[8] It was also the first immaculate inning in Rockies franchise history and the first at AT&T Park.[citation needed] In 2014, he went 4–6 with a 5.59 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 56+13 innings.[6]

Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies after the 2015 season.[9]

Chicago Cubs

On November 25, 2015, Brothers was traded to the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera.[10] He was released on March 10, 2016.[11]

Atlanta Braves

On February 3, 2017, after not pitching in baseball in 2016, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[12] On June 29, the Braves promoted Brothers to the major leagues.[13] He made 27 appearances, accumulating an ERA of 7.23 in 23+23 innings. He agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves for the 2018 season in November 2017.[14] He was outrighted to the Gwinnett Stripers on April 25, 2018. He became a free agent at the end of the season.[15]

New York Yankees

On December 17, 2018, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.[16] He received an invitation to spring training in 2019 as a non-roster player in 2019.[17] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[18]

Second Stint with Chicago Cubs

On January 22, 2020, Brothers signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. On July 23, 2020, the Cubs selected Brothers to the 40-man and active rosters. On October 30, 2020, Brothers was outrighted off of the 40-man roster. Later in the offseason, Brothers re-signed with the Cubs organization on a minor league contract.[19] On March 28, 2021, Brothers was selected to the 40-man roster.[20] In 57 games for the Cubs, Brothers posted a 5.26 ERA/4.87 FIP, struck out 75 batters, and earned one save across 53 innings. He was outrighted by the team on November 5, 2021 and elected free agency.[21]

Milwaukee Brewers

On December 1, 2021, Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[22] He was assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to begin the 2022 season. Brothers was released on May 3.[23]

Personal life

Brothers has one brother, Hunter, and one sister, Cortney. Hunter also pitched at Lipscomb and was drafted by the Rockies in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB draft, playing two seasons in the minor leagues.[24]

Brothers and his wife, Jill, have two sons and a daughter, and reside in Tennessee during the off-season.[25][26]


  1. ^ Young, Travis. "Bisons in the pros; Rex Brothers". May 16, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Brothers selected by Rockies in MLB draft". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "2007 Cotuit Kettleers". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "2008 Falmouth Commodores". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Rex Brothers Statistics and History". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Rex Brothers Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Immaculate Innings: 9 Pitches – 9 Strikes – 3 Outs". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Rockies designate Axford, Rosario for assignment". Associated Press. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Groke, Nick (November 25, 2016). "Rex Brothers traded by Rockies to Cubs for teen prospect". Denver Post. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Paul (March 10, 2016). "Cubs release reliever Rex Brothers". Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  12. ^ O'Brien, David (February 3, 2017). "Braves sign lefty Rex Brothers to minor league contract". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Braves designate Colon, 44, for assignment". 29 June 2017.
  14. ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 2, 2017). "Brothers agrees to 1-year deal with Braves". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  15. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Sanchez, Mark (December 18, 2018). "Yankees take flier on Rex Brothers as bullpen wild card". New York Post. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Yankees invite Florial to spring camp".
  18. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Cubs Sign Rex Brothers, Joe Biagini, Nick Martini".
  20. ^ "Cubs Select Three Contracts, Designate Ildemaro Vargas".
  21. ^ Montemurro, Meghan [@M_Montemurro] (November 8, 2021). "Yeah they're at 35. Brothers was outrighted and elected free agency Friday. It's not updated yet on Cubs site" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ McDonald, Darragh (December 1, 2021). "Brewers Sign Rex Brothers To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  23. ^ "Rex Brothers Stats, Fantasy & News". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  24. ^ "Hunter Brothers - 2014 - Baseball".
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  26. ^ @RexCBrothers (7 October 2015). "You know you're home when your wife orders sweet tea and fried pickles! #Tennessee" (Tweet) – via Twitter.