Attended Uvalde HS, in Uvalde, TX, a small town west of San Antonio...was a two-way player and was a three-time first-team all-district and three-time all-state honoree...earned San Antonio-area Player of the Year accolades his senior season (2007)...hit .525 as a senior while going 6-2 with a 1.37 ERA on the mound, earning first-team all-district and third-team all-state honors...also played football at Uvalde as a wide receiver and defensive back, helping the Coyotes to the state playoffs as a senior...Brooks’ older brother, Russell, played college baseball at Oklahoma (2003-06) and his younger brother, Cory, played at Texas Tech...Went on to attend Texas A&M for two years (2008- 09)...went 7-3 with a 3.76 ERA (39ER/93.1IP) in 15 starts in his sophomore season...hit .304 (66x217) with 19 doubles in 60 games as an outfielder...pitched in the 2009 Houston College Classic, earning a win vs. UC Irvine (2ER/6IP)...went 2x8 with two doubles at the plate that weekend...Brooks and his brother, Cory, co-own a custom bolt action rifle company, Exile Firearms, in his hometown of Uvalde...a passionate outdoorsman, Brooks grew up guiding and long-range shooting...Drafted by Chicago (NL) in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft...spent his first six seasons mostly at the minor league level...turned his career around with a five-year run in the KBO (2015-19) before returning stateside in 2020 on a minor league deal with the Reds...Spent five years in the KBO as one of the top starting pitchers in Korea...had options to return, but with three girls under three years of age, including twins, he wanted to move closer to family and now resides in College Station, TX, in the offseason...Acquired by the Astros on Aug. 9, 2020, in exchange for a PTBNL (RHP Fredy Medina)...after finishing the 2020 season with the Astros, had his contract option picked up by the club on Nov. 1, which covers the 2021 season...will be eligible for free agency following the 2021 season.
In 17 games for Houston, went 0-1 with one save, a 3.94 ERA (7ER/16IP), four walks and 21 strikeouts...stranded all 12 of his 13 inherited runners (92.3%) with Houston, the fifth-best inherited runners scored percentage in the AL...Held left-handed hitters to a .121 batting average (4x33) between his 21 total appearances with Houston and Cincinnati...held lefties 4x31 (.129) with Houston...allowed just one extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season (homer)...Gave up an exit velocity of 81.7 mph, per Statcast, which marked the second-best average exit velocity among all MLB pitchers, behind only Alex Claudio (81.7 mph)...posted MLB’s third-best hard-hit ball rate (21.3%), behind Kenley Jansen (14%), Sam Selman (20%) and Andre Scrubb (20.8%)...Made the Reds OPENING DAY roster after spending Spring Training with the club as a nonroster invitee...was acquired by Houston from Cincinnati for a PTBNL or cash considerations on Aug. 9...was activated by Houston on Aug. 11...Recorded his first-career MLB save on Sept. 17 vs. TEX, tossing a perfect ninth inning on five pitches...was his first-career save opportunity...Made six appearances in the POSTSEASON, posting a 3.18 ERA (2ER/5.2IP) with nine strikeouts...was scoreless in five of his six postseason games.
In his fifth consecutive season in the starting rotation of the Lotte Giants ranked among the Korean Baseball Organization pitching leaders in strikeouts (6th), quality starts (19, T7th) and innings pitched (8th).
Brooks made the jump from Double-A to the majors in his fourth professional season with the organization ... made five starts
for the Cubs after combining to go 6-10 with a 3.58 ERA (52 ER/130.2 IP) in 22 starts between Double-A Tennessee and
Triple-A Iowa...Made five starts in three stints for the Cubs after he was first selected
from Iowa, August 7 ... went 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA (22 ER/24.1 IP),
walking 11 and striking out 16.
...Made his major league debut, August 7 in San Diego, getting the start
... allowed seven runs in 4.0 innings.
...Recorded his first-career victory in the nightcap of a split doubleheader,
August 18 in Cincinnati ... tossed 5.1 innings and surrendered four
runs (three earned) in the 9-7 win.
...Collected his first career big league hit, a second-inning single
off Todd Redmond.
...Reached 155.0 innings pitched between the minors and majors
in his final start of the year, August 30 vs. the Brewers.
...Named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, posting a
2.12 ERA (7 ER/29.2 IP) in five starts for Iowa ... the 2.12 ERA ranked
fourth-lowest among Pacific Coast League pitchers.
...At the time of his promotion to Chicago, his 98 strikeouts ranked
second-most in the Cubs farm system (Single-A Peoria's Michael
Jensen had 102).
...Opened the season with Tennessee, going 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA
(19 ER/48.2 IP) ... allowed two or fewer runs in six of his eight starts.
...Made his Triple-A debut, May 23, and proceeded to go 4-8 with a 3.62
ERA (33 ER/82.0 IP) for the I-Cubs.
...Spun a 1.66 ERA (9 ER/48.2 IP) in eight starts for Iowa, June 20-July
...Recorded his first professional complete game shutout, June 9, in a
1-0, 7.0-inning victory vs. Nashville ... allowed six hits and walked none
while striking out six.
...Combined to bat .238 (5-for-21) with a double and a RBI in the minors.
In his first action at the Double-A level, Brooks went 8-10 with a 4.22 ERA (64 ER/136.1 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 26
games (25 starts) with Tennessee.
...Was 7-10 with a 4.32 ERA (63 ER/131.1 IP) in 25 starts compared to
a 1-0 mark with a 1.80 ERA (1 ER/5.0 IP) in one relief outing.
...Limited left-handed hitters to a .288 batting average, while right-handers
hit .313 against him.
...Was 5-5 with a 3.73 ERA (29 ER/70.0 IP) in 13 second-half games (12
starts) after going 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA (35 ER/66.1 IP) in 13 starts
prior to the All-Star break.
...Posted a 3-1 record with a 2.59 ERA (9 ER/31.1 IP) and 19 strikeouts
in five June starts.
Was 8-6 with a 3.50 ERA (53 ER/136.1 IP) for Single-A Daytona, tying for the Florida State League lead with 27 starts
... posted a 1.34 ERA (8 ER/53.2 IP) in his final eight starts with the D-Cubs.
Was 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA (3 ER/10.2 IP) in five games (three starts) between Rookie-League Mesa and Single-A Boise
in his first professional season after he was selected by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2009 draft out of Texas A&M.