Full name BRANDON MICHAEL BARNES...Wife, Shawn...Two daughters, Kenadie and Tatum....Graduate of Katella High School in Anaheim, CA, the same high school that produced former Indians RHP Jaret Wright & Jerry Spradlin...Considers his grandfather as one of his biggest baseball influences...He and his wife do charitable work to support the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)...Drafted by Houston in 2005 out of Cypress College (Cypress, CA).... Enjoys painting and artwork when he is not playing baseball and has recently done pieces featuring Nolan Arenado, Aaron Judge and hockey's Ryan Getzlaf.
Non-roster spring invitee spent the entire Minor League season with AAA Columbus...Brandon led the International League in doubles (39) and finished tied for first in runs (75), second in RBI (81), third in total bases (221), fourth in steals (19), fifth in hits (136) and eighth in OPS (.791)...Was a Mid-Season and Postseason International League All-Star, appearing at all three outfield positions (55 games CF, 40 LF, 25 RF) ... Batted .310 (39-for-126) against left-handed pitching with a .951 OPS with Columbus ... He also batted .330 (30-for-91) with runners on and two outs...Was promoted to Cleveland on Sept. 4, marking his first appearance in the Majors that night in RF since 7/24/16 with Colorado...Made his first start in CF on Sept. 9 at Toronto, hitting his first home run since 8/26/15 at Atlanta with Colorado ... Overall with Cleveland in September appeared in 16 games in right field (one start), two appearances in center field (one start) and two appearances in left field...Also made his first career MLB appearance at second base on Sept. 26 at Chicago-AL after Erik Gonzalez was struck in the head by a pitch and left the game.
Spent the season with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes, hitting .325 (26-80) off LHP with 5 2B, 2 homers and 9 RBI for the season...Appeared in 83 games in center field, 16 games at first base, 5 games in right field and 2 games in left field during the season...Recorded 5 RBI on June 10 at Omaha...Was a non-roster invitee to Major League camp with the Marlins.
Shuttled between Triple-A Albuquerque and Colorado after earning spot on Rockies Opening Day roster...Recalled by Rockies on 6/17 appearing in 31 games before being designated for assignment on 7/25.
Began the season with Triple-A Albuquerque before being recalled to Colorado May 20 where he spent the rest of the season. Recorded a career-high .314 on-base percentage and career-high tying 21 walks. Recorded a career-high three walks twice, June 18 vs. Houston and June 27 at San Francisco. Season-high and career-high tying seven-game hitting streak (.476; 10-for-21) July 10-21. Started 45 games in left field, 13 in right field and nine in center field.
Spent his first season with the Rockies, in his third MLB season (2012-13 with Houston)...made the Rockies' Opening Day roster, his second-straight Opening Day roster and was a member of the Rockies active roster for the entirety of the campaign...Versatile player that received starts at all three outfield positions for the second-straight year...also received starts in first, second, sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the batting order...Was the most heavily used pinch-hitter on the club and hit .279 (17-for-61) with four doubles, three triples, two home runs, five RBI, 12 runs as a pinch-hitter...his 17 hits as a pinch-hitter led the Majors, as did his 12 runs as a pinch hitter...First two HR of the season were inside-the-park-homers (June 5 vs. Ariz., June 14 at San Francisco)...is the only player in Rockies history with multiple inside-the-park home runs in the same season...His inside-the-park home run on June 14 at San Francisco came in the ninth inning with a runner on and the Rockies trailing by one...it was the first go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the 9th inning in Rockies history...prior to Barnes, the last player with a two-out, go-ahead inside-the-park home run with his team trailing in the ninth or later was Kevin Millar on May 24, 1999 at Chicago-NL with Fla...Was the first MLB player with first two home runs of the season to be inside-the-park home runs since Kansas City's Willie Wilson in 1983 (Wilson also did so in '79, '80 and '82)...Set career-highs in extra-base hits (29), slugging percentage (.425) and OPS (.718) in 2014...Had one of the Rockies nine walk-off RBI in 2014, as he ended the game on June 7 vs. Los Angeles-NL with an RBI triple in the 10th.
Made his first Opening Day roster as a rookie... Ranked second among AL rookies in stolen bases (11) behind Jonathan Villar...led AL rookies in games played (136) and ranked tied for third in runs (46), fourth in RBI, tied for fourth in hits and doubles (17), and tied for fifth in homers... Made the club out of Spring Training and spent the entire year with Houston...named by the MLB Players Alumni Association as Houston's recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game... Finished tied for third on the club in multi-hit games (22) and multi-RBI games (9)...appeared in 134 games (115 starts)... Saw time at all three outfield spots: 116g in CF, 13g in RF, 8g in LF...was fourth among American League center fielders with eight outfield assists...had nine total OF assists, which ranked tied for third in Astros history for a rookie in a single season...led AL center fielders in double plays turned (4)...ranked second among Major League outfielders in putouts per 9.0 innings (2.85) behind Coco Crisp (3.01)...led MLB center fielders with 3.05 total chances per 9.0 innings... Fared well against lefties (.296 AVG), at home (.298 AVG), and with runners in scoring position (.329 AVG)...among Astros rookies all-time, posted the third highest OPS (.791) and batting average against lefties for a single season... Recorded the eighth cycle in Astros history on July 19 vs. SEA with a 5x5 performance...his plate appearances went: HR, 3B, 1B, 2B, 1B...was the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Luke Scott on July 28, 2006...was the first righthanded hitting Astro to complete the cycle since Craig Biggio on April 8, 2002 at COL...was the second cycle of the season (Mike Trout hit the first)...Barnes, Trout and Alex Rios were the only Major Leaguers to hit for the cycle in 2013...his 5 hits on July 19 set a career high...became the first Astro to record five hits in a game since Hunter Pence on May 27, 2008 at STL...also became the first Astro to have a five-hit game while hitting for the cycle...the last Major Leaguer to have five hits while hitting for the cycle was B.J. Upton on Oct. 2, 2009 vs. NYY.
Started 24 games for the Astros, including 23 starts in center field and one in right field...hit .250(10x40) over his last 17 games with the club...was a non-roster invitee at Astros Spring Training beforebeginning his season with Double A Corpus Christi...promoted to Triple A OKC on May 27...had his contractpurchased and was added to the Major League roster for the first time in his career on Aug. 7...made his MLBdebut in a start in center field on Aug. 7 vs. WSH (0x3)...recorded his first MLB hit on Aug. 8 vs. WSH, a singleoff LHP Gio Gonzalez...hit his first MLB homer as a pinch-hitter on Aug. 13 at CHC off RHP Jeff Samardzija...was the second Astro to hit his first MLB homer in the pinch during the season, also Marwin Gonzalez (May14 at PHI)...prior to the season, the last Astro to hit his first MLB homer in the pinch was IF Mark Saccomannoon Sept. 8, 2008...combined to hit .321 (128x399) with 39 doubles, 12 home runs, 69 RBI, 21 steals and a.381 OBP in 106 games with OKC and Corpus Christi...hit .323 (76x235) in 62 games with 19 doubles, fivehome runs, 38 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 62 games at the Triple A level...named Corpus Christi's OffensivePlayer of the Month in April (.353, four homers, 21 RBI) and OKC's Defensive Player of the Month in July...earned consecutive Texas League Player of the Week Awards for his weeks beginning on April 16 and April 23...Played for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League in the 2012 offseason, hitting .292(31x106) with four homers, 20 RBI and an .844 OPS (.353 OBP/.491 SLG) in 28 games with the club.
Split his campaign between Double A Corpus Christi (54g) and Triple A Oklahoma City (71g) combining to hit .238 (103x432) with 26 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI...earned OKCs Defensive Player of the Month in May...following the season, played for Sydney in the Australian Baseball League, hitting .316 (36x114) with six home runs and 30 RBI in 28 games.
Spent the majority of the season at Advanced Class A Lancaster, earning the club's MVP Award...posted a .269 (132x491) average with 31doubles, 27 home run and 80 RBI in 126 games with the JetHawks...finished fifth in the California League in home runs, sixth in slugging (.517) and tied for eighth in doubles (31)...also earned Lancaster's Defensive Player of the Month in June...promoted to Triple A Round Rock for his final six games of the season...following the season, played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League and hit .250 (20x80) with four home runs and 18 RBI in 20 games.
Split his season with three different clubs, combining to hit .273 (132x484) with 18 home runs and 78 RBI...began the year at Class A Lexington before a promotion to Lancaster on June 12...promoted to Corpus Christ for his final seven games of the season...earned his club's Defensive Player of the Month Award twice: June (with Lexingston) and August (with Lancaster)...also named the California Player of the Week from August 3-9...hit safely in all six games that week, posting six extra-base hits and eight RBI.
Spent the entire season with Lexinton, hitting .241in 311 at-bats...earned the club's Defensive Player of the Month for July.
Promoted to Tri-City and earned Tri-City's MostValuable Player Award...tied for second on the New York-Penn League in home runs (10) and led his club in home runs and RBI (41).
Repeated the year at rookie level Greeneville, hitting .220 (38x173) in 52 games.
Began his professional career with Greeneville, playing in 39 games in the same year he was drafted.