09/26/04 — Sam Narron picked up by Brewers

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Sam Narron picked up by Brewers

By Gabe Whisnant
Published in Sports on September 26, 2004 2:02 AM

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Brewers claimed former Eastern Wayne and East Carolina University standout Sam Narron off waivers from the Texas Rangers Friday afternoon.

Narron, a 23-year old left-hander, made one appearance with the Rangers at the major league level this season, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings in a start against Oakland.

At the Minor League level, Narron was a combined 14-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 30 games with 24 starts between Triple A Oklahoma and Double A Frisco this season.

"It's been a great year," Narron said. "I was very fortunate this year starting in the bullpen in Double A and working my way up. It came up a little short for us in Oklahoma, but it's been a special year for sure."

The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder is in the Brewers Instructional League team in Arizona.

"I'm looking forward to it. Anytime you get claimed, it means somebody wants you," Narron said. "This is all positive for me. I had my first work out today (Saturday) and met some of the guys. I think we have a good group here.

"I'm here for them to get to know me, and I'm looking forward to it."

Milwaukee moved its Triple A affiliate from Indianapolis to Nashville recently. Narron is hoping he will be assigned to the Triple A team next spring.

"Hopefully I will be in Triple A, but that's up to them. That's up in the air right now," he said.

Johnny Narron, Sam's uncle, managed the Class A Helena, Montana team in the Brewers' organization last season.

"Maybe that helped a little bit, they may have talked to him," Narron said. "I would like to think it was all me, but him putting a good word in for me probably helped a little."