After 'long ride,' Brown makes first Opening Day roster

Veteran righty made big league debut with Rockies last season

After 'long ride,' Brown makes first Opening Day roster

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brooks Brown finally made it to the Majors last season after eight full seasons in the Minors.

At least for now, the Rockies right-hander won't be taking bus trips any time soon.

Brown, who reached the Majors with the Rockies in 2014 after pitching in the D-backs, Tigers and Pirates organizations, has made his first Opening Day roster.

"It was really humbling, appreciative," Brown said of his emotions when manager Walt Weiss told him this week he would open the year in the big leagues. "It's been a long ride and I'm just really excited to have a good year last year and come into Spring Training this year and have a good Spring Training and pick up where I left off."

Brooks posted a 2.77 ERA in 28 games over three stints with the Rockies last year. That carried over into this spring, when he sported a 1.59 ERA in 10 appearances.

"Just do what I did last year, don't try to do too much. Just let it work," Brown said of his mindset. "Don't try to get caught up in things, not try to play GM. Worry about what I can control."

Brown's parents on his MLB debut

Brown, the 35th overall pick in the 2006 Draft, admitted the years of Minor League ball were tough. But his belief in himself kept him going.

"I always thought I could pitch in the big leagues and kept waiting for the right opportunity," Brown said. "It finally came and I can't thank the Rockies organization enough for giving me that opportunity."

Now he has another one.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.