TULSA, Okla. - Former Georgia College & State University lefty Brandon Durden (2003-05) was recently called up to the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate in the Colorado Rockies organization.
A fourth-round pick by the Rockies in 2005, Durden picked up his first career Double-A win in his very first start May 31, tossing five innings with no earned runs against the Frisco RoughRiders. In two starts for the Drillers, Durden is 1-0 and has yet to allow an earned run, striking out three in 12 innings.
Named American Association of Baseball Coaches (ABCA) First Team All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) for the Bobcats in 2004, Durden spent three seasons with Georgia College, compiling a 13-10 record with 208 strikeouts. He also owned a solid 3.25 ERA over those three years, including 38 starts.
Durden joins Michael Antonini (2006-07) to give the Bobcats two alumni at the Double-A level this season. Antonini is a starter for the Binghamton Mets in Binghamton, N.Y.
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