Brandon joins the Cubs this season after splitting the 2020 season between Philadelphia and the organization he grew up in, the Boston Red Sox...in 209 career major league appearances, he has gone 25-20 with a 3.89 ERA (130 ER/301 IP), 25 saves and 318 strikeouts...since 2017, he ranks 27th among major league relievers in SO/9 with a 10.50 mark (min. 150 IP)…In 2019, he posted the lowest opponent batting average since 1900 (min. 60 IP) with an average of .123 (Elias Sports Bureau)…his .166 slugging percentage that season was the lowest by any pitcher (min. 60 IP) since 1961, according to Elias...His 10 wins in 2019 led the AL, and was first Boston reliever to reach double-digit wins since 1982 (Mark Clear-14 and Bob Stanley-12)…Owns 10 career postseason appearances, going 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA (5 ER/9.2 IP)…Named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012...Following a 12-2 season in which he posted a 3.35 ERA as a junior at the University of Texas, was selected by Boston in the second round of the 2010 draft …ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 right-handed pitcher available in that year's draft...Was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2007 draft, but did not sign...graduated from Bowie (TX) High School in 2007.
Workman began his sixth major league season with Boston, compiling no record, a 4.05 ERA (3 ER/6.2 IP), and four saves before being traded to Philadelphia on August 21...he made 14 appearances with the Phillies, going 1-4 with a 6.92 ERA (10 ER/13.0 IP) and five saves...Began season four-for-four in save opportunities before suffering first blown save on August 22 at Atlanta, his first appearance with Philadelphia...surrendered game-winning run with bases loaded and two outs...Twelve of his 21 outings were scoreless, and limited opponents to one-or-fewer runs 17 times...17 of 21 appearances were 1.0 inning in length...his season high was 1.1 on August 22 at Atlanta...Traded to Philadelphia with RHP Heath Hembree in exchange for RHP Nick Pivetta and RHP Connor Seabold on August 21...Earned only win of season on September 7 at Mets, working a scoreless ninth frame (1.0 IP, BB)…Fared better during day appearances, holding opponents to a 2.08 ERA (1 ER/4.1 IP) and .133 average against over five games.
Set career highs in wins (10), saves (16), appearances (73), and SO (104)...Also posted career bests in opponent AVG (.123), OBP (.267), SLG (.166), and OPS (.433). His 36.3% SO rate (286 BF) and 13.06 SO/9.0 IP (71.2 IP) were also career bests. Was 1 of only 3 AL relievers (also Matt Barnes, Liam Hendriks) to reach 100+ SO. Allowed only 1 HR to his 286 batters faced over 71.2 IP and posted a career-best 0.13 HR/9.0 IP. Posted a .211 BABIP, the 5th-lowest mark among all ML relievers (4th in the AL). Had 60 scoreless appearances in 73 games (82%), the 4th most scoreless outings among AL pitchers...NYY's Adam Ottavino and OAK's Liam Hendriks and
Yusmeiro Petit all tied for the league lead with 61. Did not allow a baserunner in 30 of his 73 games (41%), 7th most in the AL. Led the AL with 10 relief wins and became the 1st BOS reliever with double-digit wins since 1982 (Mark Clear-14 and Bob Stanley-12). Named AL Reliever of the Month for September. Stranded 19 of his 21 inherited runners (90.4%) and retired 55 of his 72 first batters faced (76.3%).
2019 Season Timeline:
Made his 2nd career Opening Day roster and 1st since 2014. Opened the year with 8 straight scoreless appearances (7.1 IP) and allowed only 1 hit in that span (26 BF). Allowed just 2 hits through his first 19 games (.038 AVG, 2-for-52, 65 BF)...Posted a sub.-100 opponent AVG
through his first 39 games (.096, 11-for-115). Faced 41 consecutive batters without allowing a hit from 4/17-5/14, the longest such streak for any Red Sox pitcher in the last 50 years (source: Elias). Surrendered his only HR of the year on 5/14 vs. COL (Charlie Blackmon). Earned the 1st save of his ML career on 5/19 vs. HOU. Got his 1st career multi-inning save on 7/17 vs. TOR (1.2 IP)...Was the first 5-out save for BOS since 2013 (Uehara on 9/20 vs. TOR)...Also had a multi-inning save on 9/12 at TOR (1.1 IP). Named AL Reliever of the Month for September...Did not allow an ER over his 12 appearances (11.1 IP).
Appeared in a career-high 43 games for BOS over 3 stints with the club ... Also appeared in 17 games for Triple-A Pawtucket ... Allowed 0 runs in 33 of his 43 appearances with BOS ... Matched his career high with 6 wins (T-9th among AL relievers) ... Posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) over a span of 16 ML appearances from 8/9-9/16 ... Posted a 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) in 22 games at Fenway Park ... His first 10 games of the year at home were scoreless (9.1 IP) ... Recalled from Pawtucket on 6/5 for his 1st ML stint of the year...Made his season debut that night vs. DET (1.0 IP) ... Began his 1st ML stint with 6 straight scoreless appearances (6.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 SO) ... Earned his 1st win of the year on 7/3 at WSH ... Appeared in 11 of Boston's 25 games in July ... Recorded 4 wins in a span of 6 appearances from 9/3- 16, including 2 of the club's 3 victories from 9/3-5 at ATL ... Overall, had 4 of the club's 9 wins in that 12-game span ... Worked more than 1.0 inning in 11 of his 17 outings with Pawtucket, including 2.0 or more innings 10 times ... Did not allow a run over his final 6 appearances (8.2 IP) for the PawSox ... POSTSEASON: Appeared in 3 games during the postseason ... Pitched in the first 2 games of the ALDS, earning a hold in Game 1 ... Also appeared in Game 1 of the ALCS ... Was not on the World Series roster.
Appeared in a career-high 33 games over 4 stints with BOS...Named the Sox' Comeback Player of the Year by the Boston Baseball Writers... Stranded all 8 of his inherited runners for BOS and retired 24 of 33 first batters faced...Began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he made 18 appearances. Did not allow a run over his first 4 appearances (8.1 IP) with the PawSox from 4/9-27, and was recalled for his 1st ML stint of the season on 5/2...Made his season debut with BOS on 5/4 vs. BAL (3.0 IP, 0 R), his 1st appearance in the majors since 9/18/14 at PIT...Optioned to Pawtucket postgame. Remained with the big league club following his 4th recall of the year on 7/15. In his first 16 appearances following his final recall (7/16-8/20), posted a 0.89 ERA (2 ER/20.1 IP). Posted a career-best 14.1-inning scoreless streak from 7/24-8/20...14 of his 18 appearances for Pawtucket were scoreless...Did not allow an ER in his final 8 outings (11.1 IP).
Spent the year on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery. Placed on the 15-day DL on 4/2...Transferred to the 60-day DL on 4/13. Made a total of 10 appearances over 2 separate rehab assignments with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Short-A Lowell, and Double-A Portland.
Missed entire season due to right elbow injury...Underwent successful Tommy John surgery on 6/15, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. Optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on 4/3 to begin the year, but had option reversed and was instead placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain beginning 4/3. On 6/3, was transferred to the 60-day DL with a partially torn right elbow ligament.
Spent the majority of the season with the Red Sox, making 19 appearances (15 starts) over 4 ML stints...Also made 11 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket...Made his 1st career Opening Day roster and pitched 3 times out of the bullpen (1.42 ERA, 1 ER/6.1 IP) before being optioned to the PawSox...Rejoined the Red Sox on 5/25 and moved into the rotation, starting that day at TB...Posted a 3.21 ERA (10 ER/28.0 IP) in his first 5 starts through 6/15...Ejected for the 1st time in his career on 5/30 vs. TB for throwing behind Evan Longoria after warnings were issued...Was suspended by MLB for 6 games...Earned the win in a 1-0 victory on 6/10 at BAL, limiting the Orioles to 1 hit over 6.2 scoreless innings...Held opponents to 3 runs or less and pitched at least 5.0 innings in the first 8 starts of his career through 6/15...It marked the 2nd-longest such streak to begin a Red Sox career behind Boo Ferriss, who did it in 9 consecutive starts to begin his career in 1945...Ended the season on a 10-game losing streak that began on 6/27 and spanned 10 starts and 1 relief outing, including 3 shutout losses...Dropped 8 straight appearances (7 starts) from 6/27-8/23...The Red Sox scored only 18 runs while he was in the game over the 10-game streak...Left with a lead in his last 2 no-decisions, 6/15 vs. CLE (was ahead 2-1) and 9/4 at NYY (was ahead 4-3)...Went 7-1 with a 4.11 ERA (28 ER/61.1 IP) for Pawtucket, earning the win in each of his last 6 Triple-A starts beginning on 5/12.
Split the 1st half of his season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket before being added to the Red Sox ML roster in July...Appeared in 20 games, including 3 starts, with BOS. Finished with 6 wins, T-5th most among all AL rookie pitchers...His 5 relief wins were the 3rd-most among all AL rookie relievers (T-5th in MLB). Averaged 10.15 SO/9.0 IP (47 SO/41.2 IP) with the Sox, the 4th best rate among AL rookie hurlers who threw at least 20.0 innings. Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 8 of his 17 relief appearances for BOS, and 2.0 or more innings 4 times. Selected to the active ML roster by BOS on 7/9...Made ML debut in relief on the next day, 7/10 at SEA (ND, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO). Made next 3 appearances out of the Red Sox rotation from 7/14-30, and went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA (5 ER/18.1 IP)...Pitched at least 6.0 innings and allowed 2 runs or fewer in each outing to become the 1st Red Sox pitcher to do so in his 1st 3 ML starts since 1976 (Rick Jones). Optioned to Pawtucket on 7/31...Recalled for 2nd ML stint on 8/6 and spent remainder of the year with BOS. Between Double-A and Triple-A, combined to hold opponents to a .140 AVG (13-for-93) with RISP. Recorded a season-high 9 SO on 4 separate occasions in the minors: 4/5 vs. Trenton, 4/17 at Binghamton, and 5/27 at Binghamton with Portland, and 6/15 vs. Buffalo while with Pawtucket. Began the year with Portland where he worked out of the starting rotation...Earned wins in each of his 1st 3 starts (3.00 ERA, 6 ER/18.0 IP), and went 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA (11 ER/35.1 IP) over his 1st 6 games (5 starts). Pitched at least 5.0 innings in all 11 of his games for the Sea Dogs, including 5.0 innings in relief on 4/23 vs. Binghamton...Allowed 3 ER or fewer in 9 of his 11 appearances (10 starts). Promoted to Pawtucket in early June where he made 6 starts for the PawSox. Earned the win in his Triple-A debut, 6/9 at Syracuse (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB , 4 SO). Threw 7.0 scoreless innings for the win on 6/20 vs. Columbus. Made his postseason debut with BOS…Appeared in 7 total games for BOS in the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series, going 0-1, with a 0.00 ERA (1 R, 0 ER, 8.2 IP)…Worked more than 1.0 inning in 3 of his 7 appearances… Got his 1st postseason experience in ALDS Game 3 at TB on 10/7 (0.2 IP, H)…Threw 1.0 scoreless inning and stranded 1 inherited runner in ALCS Game 2 vs. DET on 10/13…Hurled 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in ALCS Game 6 vs. DET on 10/19…Ended a DET scoring threat in the 6th by stranding 2 inherited runners after beginning the inning with 2 men on and no outs with the Sox trailing, 2-1…Appeared in 3 World Series games…Was charged with the loss in Game 3 at STL on 10/26…Struck out in his 1st career postseason at-bat also in Game 3 at STL… Retired the side in order in a scoreless 8th inning in World Series Game 6 vs. STL on 10/30.
Named the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year after going 10-8 with a 3.50 ERA (54 ER/138.2 IP) and 130 strikeouts in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double A-Portland. Ranked among organizational minor league leaders in SO (T-2nd) and wins (4th). Placed among Carolina League qualifiers in ERA (4th, 3.40), WHIP (2nd, 1.09), opponent AVG (2nd, .244), SO/9.0 innings (2nd, 8.47), BB/9.0 innings (2nd, 1.58) and fewest base runners per 9.0 innings (1st, 9.90). Named Pitcher of the Week in the CL for 4/23-29 after tossing a 6.0-inning, 3-hit shutout in a start on 4/27 Went 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) over 5 starts from 5/31-6/24, the 2nd-lowest ERA in the CL in that span. Recorded a season-high 10 SO on 7/16 at Frederick. Was promoted to Portland on 8/8 and won each of his 1st 3 starts with the Sea Dogs, allowing just 3 runs over 18.0 innings (1.50 ERA) with 15 SO. Following the season, rated by Baseball America as having the best curveball and best control in the Red Sox system.
Made professional debut with Single-A Greenville. Ranked 2nd on the Drive and 13th among South Atlantic League qualifiers with a 3.71 ERA (54 ER/131.0 IP). Also placed among club leaders in starts (2nd, 26), IP (3rd, 131.0), and SO (2nd, 115) Went 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA (9 ER/30.1 IP) and 27 SO in 6 starts in May Earned 1st career win on 5/29 vs. Asheville Landed on the DL on 6/20 and fanned a season-high 9 batters in his 1st start back on 7/2 vs. Hickory.