Full name is Jett Adam Bandy...His first name is a hybrid of his father, John, and his grandfather, Chester, who was known as “Chett.” Is married to Sydney...Played three seasons at the University of Arizona...Graduated from Thousand Oaks (CA) High School...Played against Christian Yelich, who attended rival Westlake High School...Was coached by Mike Scioscia as a 10-year-old Little Leaguer in 1999...Was teammates with Scioscia’s son, Matt...His father, a former bartender, worked on the set of the movie “Cocktail” (1988), teaching Tom Cruise his character’s signature bottle flip. Is a car enthusiast.
Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Sox after signing as a minor league free agent on 11/12/19...Played in 10 spring training games, appearing in nine at catcher (one start) and one at DH. Spent the entire season at the Alternate Training Site.
Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee after signing with TEX as a minor league free agent on 11/14/18...Spent the entire season with Triple-A Nashville and hit .231 (56-for-242) with 13 HR and a .733 OPS in 71 games...Made 53 starts at catcher and threw out 18 of 68 (26.5%) attempted base stealers...Also made 3 starts at 1st base and appeared in 3 games as a pitcher, the first of his professional career...Hit .344 and slugged .639 vs. LHP (21-for-61, 5 HR).
Split the campaign between Milwaukee and Triple-A Colorado Springs…made his 2nd straight Opening Day roster with Milwaukee and saw big league action for the 4th straight season, batting .188 (12-64) in 24 G…Brewers went 9-10 in his 19 starts behind the plate…hit .235 (8-34) through 1st 11 G, but posted .133 (4-30) mark over next 13 G before being designated from assignment on 5/25… hit lone HR off Matt Harvey in Brewers' 5-1 win on 4/14 at NYM. MILWAUKEE: Shared catching duties with Manny Pina to open season while Stephen Vogt was sidelined with a shoulder injury…started 6 straight and 10 of 11 G from 4/11-22 when Pina was placed on the disabled list…threw out 3 of 7 (42.9%) attempted base stealers…pitchers posted 3.61 ERA (68 ER/169.2 IP) with Bandy behind the plate…was designated for assignment on 5/25 following club's acquisition of C Erik Kratz from NYY and was assigned outright to Colorado Springs on 6/1. MINORS: Spent the balance of 2018 with the Sky Sox, batting .292 with 9 HR and 35 RBI in 59 G…made 49 starts at catcher (28), first base (20), and third base (1)… registered a .986 fielding pct. (3 E/221 TC) behind the plate, as well as a .995 mark (1 E/188 TC) at first base… batted .336 (36-109) through 1st 35 G before slowing to a .232 (19-82) average over final 24 G…went 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI on 7/24 vs. El Paso, his 1st multi-HR game since 2015 in the LAA organization…among Sky Sox with 200+ PA, his .864 OPS ranked 2nd on the club (.888-Domingo Santana).
Made his first career Opening Day roster... Batted .207 with 6 HR and 18 RBI in 60 games during his first season with Milwaukee... Made 44 starts, all coming behind the plate... His only start after 8/3 came on the final day of the season (10/1 at St. Louis)... The Brewers went 20-24 in his starts... The team posted a 4.87 ERA in games he caught (399ip, 216er)...Threw out 7 of 41 runners attempting to steal (17.1%)... Had three stints with the Brewers (Opening Day-6/24, 7/18-8/3 and 9/2-end)... Was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on 6/25 following the acquisition of Stephen Vogt and recalled on 7/18 after Vogt was placed on the disabled list.....appeared in 12 games with the Sky Sox (.310, 2hr, 14rbi)...Was on the 10-day disabled list from 8/4-9/1 with a rib fracture (missed 25 games).
Began the year at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he batted .274 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 24 games...Was recalled by LA of Anaheim on 5/18...Batted .234 with 8 HR and 25 RBI in 70 games with the Angels...Made 60 starts, all coming behind the plate...The Angels went 27-33 in his starts...The team posted a 4.53 ERA in games he caught (520ip, 262er)...Threw out 17 of 46 runners attempting to steal (37.0%).....his 17 caught stealing ranked fourth in the American League and led Major League rookies...Traded to Milwaukee on 12/13 in exchange for C Martín Maldonado and RHP Drew Gagnon.
Spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake before being recalled on Sept. 1...Went 1-for-2 with a home run and one RBI in two games with the Angels. Made Major League debut Sept. 14 in Seattle...Entered the game as a catcher in the 8th inning...Collected first big league hit Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota with a 9th inning, pinch-hit home run...Became the 13th player in franchise history (second player in 2015; also Kaleb Cowart) whose first M.L. hit came as a home run. Hit .291 (90/309) with 21 doubles, 11 home runs and 60 RBI in Triple-A…60 RBI set a new professional career high...The 21 doubles ranked second by a Pacific Coast League catcher while his 60 RBI were ti ed for second… Had he qualified, the .291 clip would have also ranked second by a PCL backstop...Hit .333 (35/105) following the PCL All-Star break...Tabbed as a PCL Mid-Season All-Star.
Spent entire season with Double-A Arkansas batting .250 (78/312) with 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBI...13 homers were a career-high...Entered the season with 16 total home runs across his first three minor league seasons...Also drew a career-best 33 walks...His 13 homers were second most in Texas League by a catcher while his 40 RBI ranked fourth...15 HBP were second most overall in the circuit...Hit .284 (42/148) with nine home runs after All-Star break compared to .220 (36/164) and four homers in first half...Added to the 40-man roster Nov. 20.