WICHITA, Kansas – After completing last season as a member of the Wichita Wingnuts, pitcher Brad Orosey is hoping to make a habit of coming to Wichita in the summer. In four seasons of professional baseball to this point, he has played with five different teams in four different independent leagues. The Wingnuts announced on Thursday that Orosey has agreed to return for the 2016 season.
Orosey came to the Wingnuts following a combined eight appearances earlier in the season for the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League and Normal Cornbelters in the Frontier League. Despite serving as a starter for a majority of his career, he was used solely out of the bullpen in Wichita. In 13 regular season games he posted an 0-2 record and a solid 3.14 earned run average. Orosey struck out more than one batter per inning and did not allow a home run. He also finished one playoff game.
The 26-year old will begin his fifth season of professional ball in May, each of them spent at the independent level. He went undrafted after starring for Texas Lutheran University from 2009-2012. As a true freshman, the right-hander put together a 10-1 record and 3.72 ERA. He was named Honorable Mention All-American by D3baseball.com, American Southwest Conference Freshman of the year, and was the only freshman to appear on the All-West Region First Team. He threw more innings than any other pitcher in the conference and tossed four complete games.
His sophomore season also ended with a 10-1 record and he paced the ASC in strikeouts and innings pitched. He earned recognition as Second Team All-American by ABCA/Rawlings, Third Team All-American by D3baseball.com, First Team All-West Region, and the ASC West Pitcher of the Year. He tossed a no-hitter against Southwestern University and tacked on four more complete games to his resume.
The 26-year old combined to go 12-4 in his final two seasons at the school located in Seguin, Texas. The pitcher became the conference’s all-time wins leader on April 13, 2012 when he picked up his 31st victory as Texas Lutheran defeated Hardin-Simmons. Orosey finished his career with 32 wins.
The Houston, Texas native made his professional debut in 2012 and boasts a career 4.54 ERA with 234 strikeouts in 241.2 total innings pitched. After a pair of stints in the Pecos League to open his career, Orosey opened the 2014 season in Rio Grande Valley before spending a short time with Fargo-Moorhead in late July. He went 6-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 70.0 innings of work for the WhiteWings that year.
Orosey is the sixth player to sign with the Wingnuts for next season. During the pre-season, a maximum of 28 players may be under contract with the team. The active roster must be trimmed to 23 two days before the start of the regular season. The ninth season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins on Thursday, May 19th against the Lincoln Saltdogs.