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brian omogrosso, chicago white sox

Player: Omogrosso, Brian

Card: 2013 Topps #474

Position: RHP

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Brian Scott Omogrosso (born April 26, 1984 in Beaver Falls, PA) is a former professional baseball pitcher who pitched for the MLB Chicago White Sox in 2012 and 2013.

Brian, however, is not the most famous professional athlete to come from Beaver Falls, PA. Pro Football Hall of Fame Quaterback Joe Namath also hails from Beaver Falls.

Brian was signed by White Sox scout Mike Shirley as a sixth round pick in the 2006 amateur draft, and began his professional career in 2006 with the Kannapolis Intimidators, going 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 22 relief appearances. With the Winston-Salem Warthogs in 2007, Omogrosso went 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA in 40 games (14 starts), striking out 108 batters in 120 1/3 innings.

In 2008, he pitched for the Birmingham Barons, going 2-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 17 games (five starts). He split 2009 between the Barons and the Charlotte Knights, going a combined 7-2 with a 5.03 ERA in 17 games (13 starts).

In his major league debut on July 3, 2012, he relieved Chris Sale in the 8th inning of a game against the Texas Rangers with the Sox holding a 19-1, lead, Sale just having lost his bid for a shutout. Brian gave up a run on 4 hits in 1 2/3 inning to finish the game.

After his 5th appearance, he was optioned to make room for the return of Jesse Crain. Brian returned as a September call-up, and pitched solidly to finish the season. In 17 major league appearances, he had a 2.57 ERA and struck out 18 in 21 innings.

Omogrosso began the 2013 season with Charlotte, but was recalled on May 1 to replace Donnie Veal. After pitching 3 consecutive games, he was optioned to Charlotte on June 5, but was recalled on the June 21. He gave up 9 runs in an outing against Cleveland, and was optioned June 29. After being placed on the disabled list on July 10, he underwent season-ending elbow surgery on August 6, ending his season.

Omogrosso signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish for the 2014 season. He never returned to the majors, and retired on May 28, 2014.

Brian is on Twitter @CaptainOmo

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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