Red Raider Profile: Brannon Easterling
Easterling won eight games as a freshman at Temple College
Nov. 21, 2011
The Texas Tech baseball team's fall season ended with the annual Red & Black Series at the of October, but throughout the remainder of the semester Texas Tech Athletics Communications will continue taking an inside look into the Tech program with Red Raider Profiles on each player.
Brannon Easterling (RHP - 6-5, 225 - S/R - RS So./TR - College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated/Temple College)
Brannon Easterling had two very different years at the junior-college level. His first year he went 8-3 with 50 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched while leading Temple College to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series while earning first team all-conference.
Then his sophomore season, despite going 4-0 with a sparkling 2.25 ERA in four outings, he suffered an elbow injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the season due to having Tommy John surgery.
Now he is at Texas Tech, a redshirt sophomore, and after rehabbing this fall with Texas Tech athletics trainer Shawn Lindsey, Easterling is ready to get back on the mound and is ready to improve on the success he had while healthy in junior college.
An all-district defensive lineman at A&M Consolidated High School, Easterling was also dominating as a prep on the diamond with a 2.45 ERA with 42 strikeouts with a 9-2 record as a senior while earning All-Brozos Valley first team and being named an All-Distrct 12-5A selection.
"Brannon is recovering from Tommy John surgery," fourth-year head coach Dan Spencer said. "He has been doing his rehab work and throwing his bullpens to get into pitching shape. He is a great kid. He is a great competitor. We don't know exactly where he fits best, only from the standpoint where he hasn't faced any hitters."
In addition, Easterling played for head coach Craig McMurtry at Temple College. McMurtry pitched eight seasons in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.