Former MLB Pitcher Will Brunson Has Died
Former MLB pitcher Will Brunson died this past Saturday. He suffered a heart attack as he was hiking at Big Bend National Park in Texas with friends.
Brunson was originally a 29th round pick by the New York Mets in the 1990 draft. He did not sign with the Mets and was drafted two years later in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 draft. He did sign with the Reds but he never reached the major leagues with the team and was traded after the 1994 season to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brunson made his major league debut during the 1998 season with the Dodgers. He was waived on September 6th and claimed by the Detroit Tigers. After finishing the season with the Tigers he played the entire 1999 season with the Tigers organization. After the season he was granted free agency and signed with the Oakland Athletics.
He also played one season in triple-A with the Athletics organization in 2000. In 2001 he also played in triple-A as part of the then Anaheim Angels organization.
Brunson who is a left-handed pitcher only appeared in 27 Major League games. He had a 1-1 record with a 5.71 ERA and a 1.846 WHIP in 17 innings pitched.
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He attended and played baseball at Southwest Texas State which is where he met his wife Dana. He has also had jobs as a car salesman and also as a salesman in the oil industry. Since 2016 Brunson has been a scout with the Philadelphia Phillies in the South Texas area.
An official at Big Bend National Park released a statement on Monday confirming that Brunson showed the same symptoms as a heart attack. “Park Rangers and paramedics from Terlingua Fire & EMS immediately began CPR and administered shocks using an AED, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful,” officials said.
Brunson, 49 was survived by his wife Dana and their two children Travis and Ella.