Â As Dirty reported earlier on TRDMB, Ramon ‘The Chin’ Castro was traded late Friday night to the White Sox forÂ 25Â yr. oldÂ RHP,Â Lance Broadway.Â The Mets willÂ also payÂ a portionÂ of Castro’s remaining contract.
Â So let’s meet Mr. Broadway…
Â Per Wikipedia, (Damn, they’re fast. They make a Mustang GT look like Grandma’s 1979 Volvo.)
High school and college
Broadway attended Grand Prairie High School, where he was an all-district performer all three of his years on the varsity team. He transferred from Grand Prairie after his junior year and attended Waxahachie High. He played with former high-school All-State player Ben Hudspeth, but the team lost in the first round of the playoffs that year.
Broadway then went on to pitch for Dallas Baptist University, and major in communications, where he earned all-conference honors both years he pitched for the Patriots. He threw two no-hitters as a freshman and as a sophomore went 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched.
After two seasons with Dallas Baptist, Broadway transferred to Texas Christian University. He went 15-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched. This remarkable season earned him both the Conference USA‘s pitcher of the year and male athlete of the year awards.
Major League Baseball Draft (2005)
Broadway was selected 15th overall (the 4th pitcher taken in the 1st round) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed for $1,570,000.
Going into the season, Broadway was considered the 8th best prospect in the White Sox system. He combined to go 8-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 160.1 innings pitched between the Double-A Birmingham Barons and Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
Entering the season, Broadway went all the way up to the 3rd best prospect in the White Sox system. Broadway finished the 2007 season at 8-9 with a 4.65 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 155.0 innings pitched.
Â Per Sox Machine,
Lance Broadway didn’t have a spot on the White Sox.Â Duane Shaffer’s penultimate first-round pick can officially be classified as a bust, a guy who just didn’t have enough stuff to survive in the American League, especially at U.S. Cellular Field.