Named Orange County Player of the Year as a senior at La Quinta (Calif.) High School in 2005...helped lead
his team to the 2005 CIF Championship...selected to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team in 2005..Played on USA Baseball's junior national team in the summer of 2005...Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round of the 2005 June Free Agent Draft, but did not sign...Attended Cypress College, playing in 106 games as a two-year starter...in 2007, led his team in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI...Older brother, Gerald, is a Major League catcher with the Atlanta Braves.
Brandon spent a majority of the season with Oklahoma City (AAA), but had two stints with Houston, playing in a career-high 25 games at the Major League level...notched a career-best four RBI on April 24 vs. Seattle, recording two doubles and a three-run homer..Ranked among the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League, finishing tied for fourth in doubles (33), tied for 11th in RBI (79) and tied for 13th in runs scored (75)...batted .314 (43-for-137) with runners in scoring position.
Appeared in 17 games with the Astros, making five starts at third base and three starts at first base...
marked his only MLB action in 2012...played almost the entire minor league season at Triple A Scranton/
Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization before being designated for assignment on Aug. 27...claimed off
waivers by the Astros on Sept. 1 and reported to the MLB club...finished his season with Houston...hit his
first MLB home run on Sept. 5 at PIT, a two-run shot off RHP Jason Grilli, in what was his second game as
an Astro...hit .292 (7x24) over his final 10 games of the season (beginning on Sept. 19)...while with Triple A
Scranton/WB, hit .254 (128x503) with 31 doubles, 15 HR and 77 RBI in 130 games.
Hit .190 (4-for-21) with 3R and 1RBI in 11 games (four starts at 3B and two starts at 1B) over two stints with the Yankees in his first Major League action (7/18-26 and 9/1-28)...Was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to 7/18 win at Tampa Bay when Ramiro Pena was placed on the D.L...Made his Major League debut as a seventh-inning pinch-hitter for Derek Jeter in 7/22
win vs. Oakland, drawing a walk...singled in a run in the eighth inning off Craig Breslow
(in his first at-bat) for his first Major League hit and RBI (also scored 1R)...Made his first career start (at 3B) in 7/23 loss vs. Oakland, going 0-for-3...Was optioned to Scranton/WB on 7/26 when Eric Chavez was reinstated from the
60-day disabled list...Was recalled for a second time on 9/1...made his first career start and appearance at
1B in 9/7 loss vs. Baltimore, going 0-for-2...Did not play in 14 straight games from 9/8-21 (Game 2), then appeared in five of the
Yankees' final seven games...In 123 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, hit .260 (120-for-462) with 51R,
27 doubles, 16HR and 69RBI...appeared in games at 3B (104 games), 1B (15 games),
LF (nine games), RF (two games) and DH (two games)...recorded 33 multi-hit games
(27 two-hit games and six three-hit contests)...batted .320 (16-for-50) with 2HR and
20RBI with RISP and two outs and .333 (3-for-9) with 6RBI with the bases loaded...Was awarded a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award as the top defensive third
baseman in the minors in 2011...also tabbed by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive
Third Baseman" in the International League in their 2011 best tools survey...led all
qualifying Triple-A third basemen with a .968 fielding percentage (8E, 247TC).
Combined to bat .281 (149-for-531) with 86R, 28 doubles, 25HR and 102RBI in 138 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, setting career highs in runs scored, home runs, RBI and games played...tied for 10th among all
minor leaguers in RBI...led all Yankees minor leaguers in home runs and RBI and
ranked ninth in batting average, collecting the most RBI by a Yankees farmhand
since Cody Ehlers (106) in 2006...appeared in 128 games at 3B, six games at 1B and
four games at DH...Began the season with Double-A Trenton and was named the Eastern League's "Most
Valuable Player" and "Rookie of the Year" after batting .291 (119-for-409) with 73R,
22 doubles, 23HR and 90RBI in 107 games...ranked fth in the Eastern League in
home runs (23) and RBI (90)...had 1HR/17.78AB, fourth-best in the EL...was named
to the Eastern League's midseason and postseason All-Star teams...With Trenton, batted .391 (45-for-115) with 73RBI with runners in scoring position
and .390 (23-for-59) with 43RBI with RISP and two outs...Named the Eastern League "Player of the Month" in May, batting .339 (39-for-115)
with 25R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6HR, 33RBI, a .591 slugging percentage and a .374 onbase
percentage in 29 games...had 12 multi-hit games and 10 games with at least
2RBI...his 33RBI in May set a franchise-record and led all Eastern League players...also
led the EL in total bases (68) and tied for the lead in runs scored...became just the
second Trenton Thunder player to win an EL "Player of the Month" Award since the
award began in 1997 (also David Eckstein in May 1999)...Drove in a franchise-record and career-high 7RBI on 5/16 vs. Binghamton and 6/24 at
Erie, going 3-for-5 and hitting a grand slam and three-run home run in each contest...Was named the Eastern League "Player of the Week" for the period ending 5/30,
batting .341 (14-for-41) with 8R, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2HR and 12RBI in 10 games...hit
for the cycle with a ninth-inning, two-run "walk-off" home run vs. Erie SeaWolves
on 5/26...Was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 8/2, batting .246 (30-for-122)
with 6 doubles, 2HR and 12RBI in 31 games...hit .370 (10-for-27) over his final seven
games with Scranton/WB, raising his average from .211 to .246...was hitless in 15AB
over four postseason games with Scranton/WB...Played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League after the season,
batting .236 (26-for-110) with 10 doubles and 22RBI in 27 games...appeared in LF (22
games), DH (four games) and 1B (one game)...named to the AFL Rising Stars team...Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, batting .267 (8-
for-30) in 13 games...Following the season, was rated by Baseball America as the 10th-best prospect in
the Yankees organization...was also named to the Sporting News "All-Minor League
Team" at third base...Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/19/10.
Batted .266 with 20 doubles, 13HR and 75RBI in 124 games with Single-A Tampa, setting a career high in games played...tied for third among all
Yankees minor leaguers and led the Florida State League in RBI...led the team with 8RBI in seven playoff games for the FSL-champion Yankees... was named to the FSL postseason All-Star team... following the season, played for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League,
batting .333 (30-for-90) with 18R, 9 doubles, 6HR and 24RBI in 22 games and was named to the AFL top prospects team.
Hit .273 with 71R, 31 doubles, 23HR and 86RBI in 122 games with Single-A Charleston... led all Yankees farmhands in homers and ranked second in RBI... split time between 1B and 3B, batting .310 (98-for-316) with 60R, 23 doubles, 20HR and 73RBI as a first baseman and .171 (22-for-129) with 9R, 6 doubles, 3HR and 11RBI as a third baseman... hit .333 (20-for-60) with 4HR and 26RBI with RISP and two
outs... was placed on the disabled list from 5/7-19 with a left hamstring strain... batted .324 (34-for-105) with 24R, 7 doubles,11HR
and 37RBI during the month of August.
Made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees, hitting .339 with 27R, 14 doubles, 8HR and 29RBI in 45 games... ranked third among all Yankees farmhands in batting average... was named to the GCL postseason All-Star team... recorded an eight-game hitting streak from 8/10-17, batting .567 (17-for-30) with 7R, 5 doubles, 3HR and 8RBI during
the stretch, including five multi-hit games... collected a career-high four hits on 8/17 at the GCL Blue Jays, going 4-for-5 with 1
double, 1HR and 1RBI.