Zack Brown has taken a step forward in his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brown, 25, a graduate of Seymour High School, is with the Brewers in Los Angeles as they prepare for the National League playoffs. The Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin the best two-of-three-game series tonight in Dodgers Stadium.
“This is exciting. I’m in downtown Los Angeles,” he said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “I can see the Staples Center from my hotel room. I’m very fortunate to be in this situation, whether I get in a game or not. It’s nice to be along for the ride.”
Brown has pitched for the Brewers in spring training, but this puts him as close as he has been to appearing in a big-league game.
Brown, along with other players on the Brewers taxi squad, spent last week working out at Miller Park in Milwaukee while the Brewers were on the road.
“Last Monday, they phoned me and said they wanted me to join the team, not necessarily to pitch but just in case something happened to one of the pitchers,” Brown said.
Once the baseball season began in July, Brown spent three weeks at the Brewers’ summer camp in Milwaukee.
At the conclusion of the camp, Brown and 20 to 30 guys at any given time went to Appleton to the alternate training site, where he pitched in a many intrasquad games.
Brown said he pitched every five days.
“I threw my normal schedule. I would pitch three to five innings,” he said.
Brown took the day off after he pitched, and the following day, he would throw a bullpen session.
After being drafted by the Brewers in 2016, Brown spent parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons pitching for Appleton in Class A ball.
On Sunday, Brown and six other players went to St. Louis to be with the Brewers on the last day of the 2020 Major League regular season.
“We were in the clubhouse watching the (Giants game),” Brown said.
When the Giants lost to the Padres, the Brewers knew they were in the playoffs.
Brown flew with the team to Los Angeles on Sunday night. He threw 20 pitches in Dodgers Stadium on Monday.
“I threw a bullpen session in the visitors’ bullpen, and that was a pretty cool experience,” Brown said. “Monday was kind of if you wanted to work out you could, and about 15 or 20 guys worked out.”
Brown said when he was in Milwaukee last week, the team was in a bubble, and that continued in St. Louis and will in Los Angeles.
“Here, it’s pretty restricted,” he said. “You can’t leave the hotel unless you’re going to the field.”
Brown said when the Brewers’ season is completed, he will return to Louisville and work out with a couple of his buddies from college (University of Kentucky), and he plans to return to Seymour from time to time.