Spent the last 5 seasons as a starting pitcher for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization ... In each of his 5 seasons for Lotte recorded at least 30 starts, 178.1 innings and 134 strikeouts ... From 2015-2019 was 1 of only 2 pitchers in the Korean Baseball Organization, along with LHP Yang Hyunjong of the Kia Tigers, to record at least 150 starts and at least 900 innings pitched ... During those 5 seasons from 2015-2019, ranked third in WAR among all KBO pitchers (19.45) ... Was selected by the Cubs in the sixth round of the June 2009 first-year player draft ... Lost his first 2 Major League apps, on 8/7/12 at SD (7-4 loss) and 8/12/12 vs the Reds (3-0 loss), before winning his third start, on 8/18 at Great American Ball Park (9-7 win, 5.1ip, 5h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 4k, 1hr) ... In 2010 was an MiLB.com Cubs Organizational All-Star.
Attended Uvalde (TX) High School and Texas A&M University...wife's name is Rachel...they have 3 daughters, Raelynn, Rayney and Ramsey.
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 28....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.