Jose Oscar Brito
also known as Jose Brito
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 155 lb.
Pitcher Oscar Brito played in the minor leagues from 1977 to 1985, reaching Triple-A in five seasons.
Signed by the Cincinnati Reds, Brito began his professional career at 17 years old. After an inauspicious career start, he won 10 games in his second campaign, allowing just 132 hits in 155 innings for the Shelby Reds in 1978. The teenager one-upped himself the next year, going 11-7 with eight complete games, three shutouts, 154 strikeouts, 126 hits allowed and a 2.43 mark in 167 innings for the Tampa Tarpons in 1979. For the Waterbury Reds in 1980, he went 12-6 with eight complete games, 175 strikeouts, 125 hits allowed and a 3.14 ERA in 172 innings.
1981 was his first try at Triple-A. In 116 innings for the Indianapolis Indians, Brito went 6-11 with a 4.89 ERA, allowing 77 walks. On April 1, 1982, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals with Jeff Lahti for Bob Shirley; in 119 2/3 innings with the Triple-A Louisville Redbirds that year, he was 5-8 with a 4.51 ERA. Over the next three seasons, his ERAs were 4.99, 4.04 and 8.31, respectively. He spent his last two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles system -- on March 25, 1984, he was traded for Tito Landrum.
Overall, he went 59-57 with a 4.04 ERA. In 1,010 1/3 innings, he allowed 901 hits and 522 walks, while striking out 838 batters.