In 2007 CCSU’s Evan Scribner & Monmouth’s Brad Brach were rivals. Now they are teammates, one step from the majors.

In 2007 Central Connecticut State’s Evan Scribner and Monmouth’s Brad Brach were rivals fighting for an NEC championship.  Now they are teammates, one step from the major leagues.

The former All-NEC hurlers reconnected on Monday in Triple-A Tuscon, when Brach was called up from Double-A San Antonio.  Interestingly, both are righthanded closers who have been quite effective in their roles, combining for 160 career saves.

Scribner, who will turn 26 later this month, already received a taste of the majors when he was twice called up by the San Diego Padres this season.  He appeared in ten games before being optioned back to Tuscon in late June.  

Brach, 25, earned the promotion by leading all of Double-A with 23 saves, while fanning 64 batters in 44 innings.  On Sunday, he recorded his 101st career save and had recently competed in the Texas League All-Star game. 

Brach has spent his entire pro career in the Padres organization after being drafted in 2008.  He was the 2007 NEC Pitcher of the Year and a three-time All-NEC hurler.  He left Monmouth as the school’s all-time leader in wins (29) and strikeouts (277).

Scribner was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks following his senior season with the Blue Devils in 2007.  The 2004 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and a 2006 first team All-NEC selection, he closed out his CCSU career with 23 victories and a school record 14 saves.  He fanned 224 batters in 288 innings and posted a 3.34 earned run average.

In his climb up the ladder, Scribner was traded to the Padres in 2008 and was a Midwest League (A) All-Star in 2008, as well as a Texas League (AA) All-Star in both 2009 and 2010.  Now in his fifth year, he has racked up 59 saves.

He also received some notoriety for this catch to end a game two seasons ago.

Both pitchers were part of NEC title teams.  As a freshman in 2004, Scribner appeared in four of CCSU’s five NEC Tournament games as the Blue Devils became the first team to win the championship after coming out of the loser’s bracket.  He saved and won a game on the final day and allowed just four earned runs over 16-plus innings to claim MVP honors. Brach spoiled Scribner’s chances for a second crown in 2007 as Monmouth beat CCSU in the seventh and deciding game, 7-1.  Both players were named to the All-Tournament team after tossing complete-game shutouts en-route to the title tilt.

Brad may not be the only member of the Brach family vying for a spot in the majors.  His younger brother Brett is a Cleveland Indians prospect who has posted a 5-5 record with a 2.80 ERA for Kinston (A+) and has also pitched for Double-A Akron.  He was a 10th round draft pick of the Indians in 2009 after helping lead the Hawks to NEC titles in 2007 and 2009. 

(Posted July 5th, 2011)

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