Former TCU Horned Frog Lance Broadway is back in the majors. The twenty-four year old right-hander has been promoted from Triple A Charlotte to the Chicago White Sox. In Charlotte, Broadway went 10-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 23 appearances.
The move comes after the White Sox placed starter Jose Contreras on the DL with a ruptured Achilles tendon. All indications are Broadway will start in the bullpen for Chicago. "You never know when or how it's gonna happen, but you'll definitely take it," Broadway said. "I think any Minor Leaguer would agree with that. You'll take it any way you can get it."
After a strong campaign for the Horned Frogs in 2005 (15-1 record and a 1.62 ERA), Broadway was selected 15th overall by the White Sox in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and went 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in four games, including one start, with the White Sox last season.
Up to this point in the year, Broadway has not been pleased with what he has done on the mound. Teams are hitting .294 against him and have 23 home runs in just under a 140 innings. "Just throwing it right there [for hitters]," Broadway said. "It's a small ballpark in Charlotte, and I was just giving them up. Just throwing the ball over the middle of the plate too much….We know the problem, so it's a little easier to fix. I felt fine, and it's not mechanical, just where you're throwing the pitch. It was as simple as that."
Broadway was a consensus All-American at TCU. In 2005, he struck out a school single season record 151 batters, holding opponents to a .191 batting average.
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