Boston Red Sox stars before they made it to Major League Baseball
By Sam Colman
Red Sox CL Brandon Workman:
He attended Bowie High School in Bowie, Texas where he played shortstop and pitched for the baseball team. He was also the quarterback for the football team. He played on the varsity baseball team for four seasons and eventually became captain of his team.
After a very strong senior season, he caught a lot of team’s eyes and was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead of going straight to the big leagues out of high school, he decided to attend and play baseball at the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in education.
Workman finished with an 8-7 combined record between his first two seasons playing college baseball with the Longhorns, where he was used as a starter and a long reliever. In his sophomore year, he threw a no-hitter against Penn State.
He played his best in his junior season, finishing strong with a 12-2 record and a 3.35 ERA in 17 appearances(15 starts). Throughout his college career, he was rarely used as the team’s closer.
The righty was later drafted by the Red Sox with the 57th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, where he signed for an $800,000 signing bonus.