Aaron Lee Brooks was originally signed by Royals scout Scott Groot…graduated from Cajon High School in San Bernardino in 2008…set school records in home runs and career wins…attended Cal State, San Bernardino…named California College Athletic Association Freshman of the Year in 2009…posted a 2.74 ERA as a junior and finished third in the nation in walks per nine innings… set school's career record for innings pitched…is married, Whitney.
Spent the entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before he was traded to Oakland Sept. 3 for cash considerations…pitched in three games for Oakland in September and did not allow a run in 2.2 innings…opponents went 1-for-8 .125) with two walks and a strikeout…retired the side in order in the ninth inning in his first outing on Sept. 12 at Baltimore…it was his first Major League appearance since Oct. 2, 2015 at Seattle, also with the A's…went 9-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 26 games, 15 starts, with the Sky Sox…the ERA was his lowest as a professional…tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast League in wins…allowed eight home runs in 99.1 innings…did not hit a batter…was 4-3 with a 5.45 ERA and .295 opponents batting average over his first 15 games, including seven starts…then went 5-1 with a 2.14 ERA and .242 opponents average over his final 11 games, all starts, beginning June 23…allowed a .263 opponents batting average, including .246 (52-for-211) against right-handed hitters compared to .284 (48-for-169) against left-handers…surrendered six of his eight home runs to righties…seven were solo shots…yielded a .244 batting average with runners in scoring position but opponents were 4-for-7 (.571) with the bases loaded…was 4-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 relief appearances compared to 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 15 starts…stranded his only inherited runner…tossed at least two innings in seven of his 11 relief appearances…was 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and .182 opponents batting average in 10 games on the road compared to 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA and .301 opponents average in 16 games at home…compiled a 7-1 record, a 2.37 ERA and .238 opponents batting average in 18 night games, a 2-3 record, a 6.56 ERA and .333 opponents average in eight day games…went 6-for-18 (.333) with two doubles and a RBI as a hitter.
COLORADO SPRINGS: Three of his first six appearances were starts…had his first of two fourgame winning streaks from April 18 to May 30…compiled a 4.38 ERA and .263 opponents batting average during the streak, which spanned eight games (two starts)…made eight consecutive relief appearances from May 10 to June 15…was placed on the disabled list May 11 with a viral infection…was reinstated May 20 and allowed a season-high five runs and walked a season-high three batters in 3.1 innings of relief that day against Memphis…moved into the starting rotation for good on June 17 and went 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA over his final 12 starts…had back-to-back scoreless outings on June 23 in the second game of a doubleheader at Iowa (4.0 ip) and June 29 at Round Rock (5.2 ip) but had a no decision in each start…it was part of a 12.2-inning scoreless streak from June 23 to July 4…tossed a complete game in a 9-2 win over New Orleans on July 4, a rain-shortened game that was called with two outs in the bottom of the fifth…tossed five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three…had his second four-game winning streak of the season from July 4 to Aug. 5…posted a 2.73 ERA and .256 opponents batting average over that six start stretch…finished July 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA in five starts and then went 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts in August…had season highs in strikeouts (8), innings pitched (7.0), pitches (107) and hits (9) in a 3-1 loss to Nashville Aug. 10…matched his season high in hits in his next start Aug. 17 against Omaha…allowed one run on three hits in a season-high tying 7.0 innings in an 8-1 win over Iowa in his final Triple-A start on Aug. 23…was selected by Milwaukee on Aug. 30 but was designated for assignment the next day.
Aaron missed nearly the entire season with a right hip contusion ... was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list, March 25...Was sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Iowa, June 11, appearing in five games (four starts) ... he posted a 7.71 ERA (14 ER/16.1 IP) with 12 strikeouts from June 11-July 4 ... was transferred to the 60-day disabled list August 19 for the remainder of the season.
Began the season in the Kansas City organization and posted a 6.23 ERA in two relief appearances over four stints with the Royals … was traded to the A's with minor league pitcher Sean Manaea on July 28 for Ben Zobrist and cash considerations, and went 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts, with the A's. Tossed five quality starts with the Athletics, including collecting his first major league win, August 1 vs. Cleveland ... allowed just five hits and one run in a career-high 7.1 innings in Oakland's 5-1 triumph ... also tossed 7.0 innings in his next start, August 6 vs. Houston. Went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA (8 ER/16.2 IP) over his final three outings (two starts) of the season with Oakland. Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization, appearing in 18 games (17 starts) ... went 6-5 with a complete game and a 3.71 ERA (44 ER/106.2 IP) ... struck out 92 batters and walked 21. Between Omaha and Triple-A Nashville (Oakland) went 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA (47 ER/118.2 IP) in 20 games, including 19 starts. In the minors issued just 21 walks in 118.2 innings, an average of 1.59 walks per nine innings … allowed a .275 opponents batting average, including .254 (54-for-213) against left-handed hitters compared to .294 (73-for-248) against right-handers. Went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA over a seven-start span with Triple-A Omaha following a one-day stint with the Royals April 26. At the time of the July 28 trade to the A's, he ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (92) and tied for eighth in innings pitched (106.2).
Aaron had two stints with the Royals, but pitched a majority of the season at Triple-A Omaha...Made his Major League debut on May 3, pitching 2.0 innings of relief vs. Detroit…He also made his first Major League start May 31 at Toronto, taking the loss after tossing the first 2/3 of an inning...Tabbed Omaha Pitcher of the Year, tying for second in the Pacific Coast League with 12 victories and ranking seventh in ERA (3.88) and 14th in innings pitched (139.0)...Tossed a two-hit shutout in the Pacific Coast League Championship-clinching game, defeating Reno, 4-0...Named PCL Postseason MVP, going 3-0 with an 0.75 ERA (2 ER in 24.0 IP) with three walks and 24 strikeouts in three playoff starts...Posted a 5-0 record and a 3.66 ERA over his final six starts of the year…he also went 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA (6 ER in 25.1 IP) over five starts in May.
Named Northwest Arkansas (AA) Pitcher of the Year after splitting the season between the Naturals and Wilmington (A-Advanced)...promoted to Double-A on June 1...Tossed one of only six 9.0-inning shutouts in the Texas League, blanking Arkansas (7-0) on July 24...named league's Pitcher of the Week on July 29...Allowed just 11 walks in 103.2 innings with the Naturals (0.95 BB/9 IP), fewest in the Texas League among hurlers that recorded at least 100.0 innings.
Ranked among Midwest League leaders in innings (fourth) and strikeouts (fifth) in 2012.
In 2011, earned Pioneer League All-Star honors...finished second in the league in ERA and innings, tied for fourth
in wins and tied for eighth in strikeouts.