Astros pitcher, Wayne State product Hunter Brown prepares for homecoming
By Nolan Bianchi
Hunter Brown is in the place where everything came together for him. As Brown, a 24-year-old St. Clair Shores native and Wayne State University product playing with the Houston Astros prepares to make just the second MLB start of his career, imagine how surreal this all must be. Brown, who graduated from St. Clair Shores Lakeview, had just one Division I offer coming out of college (Eastern Michigan). He developed into a legitimate big-league prospect at Wayne State under head coach Ryan Kelley after a few years of struggles. Brown posted ERAs above 4.00 in his first two years with Wayne State. His junior year in 2019, the year he was drafted in the fifth round by Houston, Brown posted a 2.21 ERA, 9-0 record and 12 strikeouts per nine. “His freshman and sophomore year, he started getting some valuable experiences,” Kelley said. “Some were productive and some he had to go through the grind of adversity as a college pitcher. He never wavered from his work ethic and he kept pushing forward. Once his junior year was here, a lot of things came together and it was really special.” Kelley said he plans to bring his Wayne State team, which last season set a program wins record, to the game Tuesday. The Tigers are offering discounted tickets for WSU students during the Astros series. Brown is the second Wayne State alumni who played under Kelley to make the big leagues alongside Anthony Bass. “I think we try to emulate what Wayne State University and what the city has meant to the world of sport, obviously a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice, perseverance, and from what we know about Hunter Brown, that’s what he emulates and represents,” Kelley said.
September 12, 2022