North Thurston’s Brodin signs with Diamondbacks organization
After five outstanding seasons in the independent leagues, North Thurston grad Joash Brodin finally got the call from a Major League organization on Tuesday night and has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks this morning. He will head from Sugar Land, Texas where he was on the road with the Long Island Ducks, to Visalia of the advanced-A California League.
Brodin was hitting .307 with 11 home runs, 79 runs scored, 49 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He represented the Ducks in the Atlantic League All-Star, his third all-star game since hitting the independent circuit out of the College of Charleston.
He was in his second season with the Ducks having signed with them at midseason last year after his team, the London Rippers of the Frontier League, abruptly folded. He was tearing up the Frontier League for the Rippers hitting .370 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 59 games and then had to adjust to a higher level of competition in the Atlantic League and still hit .282 with 24 RBIs and 31 runs in 49 games for the Ducks and tore up the playoffs hitting .359 with seven RBIs and eight runs in Long Islands’ championship run.
Brodin will likely join Visalia on Friday when they open a homestand with the Stockton Ports. The Rawhide have 18 games remaining in the regular season and are fighting for a playoff spot sitting just a half game behind the Modesto Nuts.