Brandon returns to the Cubs as a non-roster invitee after signing a minor league contract, December 13, 2019 ... signed a two-year contract with the Cubs December 12, 2017 ... appeared in 35 games in 2018 with Chicago before his season was cut short due to right biceps inflammation ... missed the entire 2019 season ... Is 7-0 with 24 saves and a 1.79 ERA (18 ER/90.1 IP) in 98 relief appearances since the start of 2016 ... Has been utilized both as a starter and a reliever in his career, pitching exclusively out of the 'pen his last three seasons ... has gone 51-43 with 40 saves, four complete game shutouts and a 3.96 ERA (378 ER/859.0 IP) in 334 major league outings ... Has posted a 4.32 ERA (309 ER/644.1 IP) in 113 starts and a 2.89 ERA (69 ER/214.2 IP) in 221 relief outings ... Has pitched in parts of 12 major league seasons with Seattle (2007-09), Toronto (2010-14), San Diego (201516), the Dodgers (2017) and Chicago (2018) ... Has struck out 877 batters in 859.0 major league innings, good for 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings ... Originally selected by Seattle in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2006 draft out of the University of California, Berkeley ... was named first team All-Pac-10 in 2006 and a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award (nation's top collegiate pitcher) ... Was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and is active in the community as an advocate for people living with the disease.
Brandon missed the entire season as he recovered from a right elbow injury that shortened his 2018 season.
Brandon was limited to 35 games in his first season with Chicago due to two stints on the disabled list ... had no record with 22 saves in 24 chances and a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in his 35 outings, walking nine and striking out 31 ... opponents hit .214 (24-for-112) with a .555 OPS ... Landed on the 10-day D.L., July 19 (retro to July 18) with right biceps inflammation, ending his season ... was on the shelf, June 17-27, with low back tightness ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, November 6, performed by Dr. James Andrews ... His 91.7 save percentage ranked second in the N.L. (min. 20 chances) ... Held left-handed batters to a .151 average (8-for-53) while right-handed hitters batted .271 (16-for-59) ... Stranded nine of 12 inherited runners ... retired 21 of 35 first batters faced ... Had a 1.23 ERA (3 ER/22.0 IP) in 24 save situations ... Posted a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) in nine games on no days rest ... did not allow a run in 7.0 innings over eight games on one day of rest ... Began the season with 11-straight scoreless outings (10.0 IP) ... notched his first seven save chances prior to his first blown save and run allowed, May 5 at St. Louis ... Had a stretch of 71.0 consecutive innings without allowing a home run snapped on June 6 vs. Philadelphia when Dylan Cozens belted a two-run homer ... Posted a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) in his final 11 games, June 7-July 15 ... walked one and struck out nine ... Pitched a season-high 1.1 scoreless innings, July 1 vs. Minnesota, preserving an 11-10 victory ... Picked up his 22nd save in his final appearance of the season, July 15 in San Diego, tossing a scoreless ninth to preserve a 7-4 win.
Had a stellar campaign in his only season with the Dodgers, going 6-0 with two saves and a 2.06 ERA (10 ER/43.2 IP) ... marked his most innings pitched since the 2013 season... Made his major league season debut, May 29 at the Cardinals, and did not allow a run in his first 11 outings... Led N.L. relievers in opponents' slugging percentage (.213) and opponents' OPS (.454), while ranking among the best in wins (six, T-7th), WHIP (0.92, 5th), opponents' batting average (.194, 11th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.56, 4th) … did not allow a home run over 43.2 innings... Did not allow a run in 38 of 45 appearances, and struck out 50 batters against just nine walks in 43.2 innings... Held opposing hitters to a .194 average, including a .125 (7-for-56) mark by left-handed hitters... Finished the season with an 8.1-scoreless innings streak (nine games), going 1-0 with one save and striking out 10 batters against one walk... Posted no record and a 3.95 ERA (6 ER/13.2 IP) in 14 relief appearances in the postseason ... tied for the most outings in a single postseason in major league history ... four of the runs allowed came in one outing ... pitched in all seven games of the World Series ... struck out seven batters in 4.2-scoreless innings of relief in the NLCS vs. the Cubs... Began the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA (16 ER/20.0 IP) and recorded 22 strikeouts against five walks ... was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.
Had his contract selected by San Diego, August 13, and made 18 relief outings with the Padres, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP)... Did not allow a run in his last eight relief appearances with the Padres, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings and limiting hitters to a .217 average... Combined to go 2-2 with two saves and a 6.38 ERA in 20 games (six starts) with Triple-A El Paso, Double-A San Antonio, Single-A Lake Elsinore and Rookie-level AZL Padres ... was on the seven-day D.L. with right shoulder inflammation, June 15-July 14.
Limited to just five starts for the Padres, going 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA (10 ER/33.0 IP)... Went at least 6.0 innings in each of his five starts ... in four starts at Petco Park, he went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) and 20 strikeouts against six walks with a .245 opponent batting average... Placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 5 with right shoulder inflammation and did not pitch in a Major League game following the injury … made a pair of rehab starts with Double-A San Antonio on June 2-7, but was removed from his second outing after he was experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder and was placed on the 60-day disabled list June 24 … made another rehab start July 25 with Triple-A El Paso, but was removed after experiencing a setback in that same shoulder … underwent surgery to repair a right shoulder impingement August 19.
Made 13 appearances, six starts, for the Toronto Blue Jays after missing the majority of the season with a finger injury...Missed 107 games after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/3 and transferred to the 60-day disabled list the following day with a torn tendon sheath in his right hand...Pitched to a 1-3 record with a 5.67 ERA (21 ER, 33.1 IP) and 30 strikeouts against 18 walks in his 13 Major League appearances… his seven games out of the bullpen were his first since making 16 relief appearances in the 2009 season…his 33.1 innings pitched were the fewest of his career...Posted a 1-2 record with a 5.93 ERA (18 ER, 27.1 IP) and 26 strikeouts against 17 walks while limiting the opposition to a .286 batting average in his six starts…in his seven relief appearances, went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (3 ER, 6.0 IP) and four strikeouts against one walk while limiting the opposition to a .292 batting average...Made three rehab appearances out of the bullpen between Single-A Dunedin (1) and Triple-A Buffalo (2), pitching to a combined 0-0 record with a 2.70 ERA (1 ER, 3.1 IP) with two strikeouts and no walks.
Season was cut short due to right forearm strain and was originally placed on the disabled list June 1...Was later diagnosed with an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm in July and transferred to the 60-day disabled list on August 1...It was the 4th season in the last five and the 3rd consecutive with at least one DL stint. Made 10 starts in 2013...The 10 appearances represented the fewest of his career, along with his 54.1 innings. Allowed 12 home runs for a 1.99 per nine total the highest on the club (min 50.0IP) ... Allowed multi-home runs in five of his 10 games...Surrendered only three in 21 contests in 2012. Five of his 10 starts were less than six innings…Club lost his first four starts, but rebounded to win four of his last six contests.
Was one of only four AL pitchers to post an ERA below 3.00 with a minimum of 120 IP (Price, Verlander, Weaver)... Won 10 or more games for the third consecutive season...Was removed from his start on June 11 with an oblique strain and was kept out until Aug. 25... Was 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts prior to being hurt and 3-3 with a 2.87 ERA in eight starts after...In the 10 games he won was dominant, allowing just seven earned runs in 92.2 IP for 0.68 ERA... Held opponents to a .168 average in those contests...Posted three shutouts ranking 2nd in the AL (Hernandez-5) despite making only 21 starts... The three shutouts were the most by a Blue Jay since Roy Halladay had four in 2009... Tied Jared Weaver for the AL lead with a .214 opponents average (min 120 IP)... Has a 23.2 scoreless innings streak from April 23-May 9 which was the longest for any AL starter in 2012...Was more dominant as the game progressed with hitters batting .240 the first time through the order and .201 after that... Since 2007 has posted a .231 opponent's average which ranks 4th in the AL (min 2400 AB)...Tossed a season high 119 picthes on June 6 recording his 3rd shutout... Had his shortest start of his career lasting just 0.2 IP, giving up 6 ER in a 14-3 loss... Made five starts during the day, going 3-0 with a 0.26 ERA, allowing just one run in 34 innings...Held left-handed hitters to a .188 average.
In his second full season as a starter made a career high 30 starts, second on the club... Posted career highs in wins (11), starts (30), innings pitched (179.1) and strikeouts (203)... A SLIGHT DELAY: Did not make his first start until April 23... Was shut down after his March 18 spring start with forearm tightness, returning after three rehab starts for Dunedin...STRIKEOUT LEADER: Was one of seven AL hurlers to post 200+ strikeouts (203)... Led the league with 10.19 strikeouts pernine innings, more than a full strikeout higher than second place finisher Michael Pineda (9.11)... Posted four games of 10+strikeouts, including a season high 12 on Aug. 17 at SEA... TOUGH TO HIT: Finished with a .237 opponents average ranking14th in the AL... Since his debut in 2007, only CJ Wilson (.228), David Price (.228) & Justin Verlander (.229) have a lower opponentsaverage than Morrow (.235) in the AL... SUMMER SWOON: From July 4 through Sept. 14, made 14 starts, posting a5.83 ERA, including 16 home runs allowed in 83.1 innings... In the last five of those starts, allowed opponents to hit .321, allowing27 runs in 25.1 innings for a 9.47 ERA, with 10 home runs allowed... FINISH STRONG: In his final three starts allowed onlytwo runs... Won two of the contests and posted a 0.86 ERA, allowing only 11 hits in 21.0 innings... Had a team season high of18 scoreless innings Sept. 18-28... REVERSAL OF TREND: In 2010 was 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA at home and 2-6, 6.72 on theroad... In 2011 posted a 5-8 with a 6.31 ERA at home and 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA on the road... INTERLEAGUER: In four startsvs. NL opponents, posted a 2-0 record with a 2.70 ERA, only Ricky Romero has a lower ERA vs. NL opponents... NOTABLEPERFORMANCES: Won five straight decisions from June 18-July 20... Lost three straight starts for the first time in his careerfrom Aug. 23-Sept. 2 and four straight decisions from Aug. 23-Sept. 13... Took the loss on Aug. 6 at BAL, his first road loss,despite being perfect through five innings... Allowed a career high 11 hits, Aug. 23 vs. KC.
In his first full season as a starter, made 26 starts for the Blue Jays... K-MACHINE: At the time of his final start, ranked 5th in the AL in strikeouts and led the league with a 10.95 strikeouts per nine inning total... Did not qualify as he did not aquire the necessary innings... Had he qualified it would have represented the highest strikeout per nine inningtotal in franchise history (Clemens,10.84 - 1998)... WELCOME TO K-MART: Aug. 8 vs. TB was the 1st pitcher to record 17strikeouts in a game since Johan Santana with MIN on Aug. 19, 2007 vs. TEX (17-SO)...Became just the 4th pitcher since1954 to record at least 17 strikeouts when tossing a CG-1 hitter... The 17 strikeouts ranks 2nd on the all-time Club list in asingle game one shy of Roger Clemens' 18 on Aug. 25, 1998 vs. KC... Followed the 17-K game with his 2nd highest careertotal (12) vs. NYY, Aug. 23... OH SO CLOSE: On that same day, Aug. 8 vs. TB, carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning withtwo outs before giving up a single to Evan Longoria...Became the 6th pitcher (9th time) in franchise history to lose a no-hitbid in the 9th (previous: Dustin McGowan on June 24, 2007 vs. COL)... AT HOME IN TORONTO: Made 13 starts at RogersCentre, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.74 ERA, including only 24 walks in 82 innings... On the road was 2-6 with a 6.72 ERA,adding 48 walks in 64.1 IP... PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Was voted by the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA as the Blue JaysPlayer-of-the-Month for June, registering a 1.91 ERA in five starts... MEET MR. MOLINA: Made 20 of his 27 starts with JoseMolina as his battery mate... In those starts, posted an 8-4 record with a 3.29 ERA... In the other seven starts, went 2-3 witha 8.81 ERA... FINISH LINE: From July 17 to his penultimate start on Aug. 28, recorded a 5-0 mark with a 2.91 ERA, holdingopponents to a .196 average and adding 63 strikeouts in 43.1 innings.
Began season as the closer and converted first six save opportunities to begin the season, April 9-May 10... Had 1.29 ERA (1 ER, 7.0 IP) in first 7 relief appearances... Went 0-3 with six saves and a 6.38 ERA (13 ER, 18.1 IP) in 16 relief appearances and 2-1, 3.68 ERA (21 ER, 51.1 IP) in 10 starts... DISABLED: On 15-day disabled list with bicepstendintis in right arm, April 24-May 9... Allowed eight earned runs in 3.2 innings in first games off the DL... Blew back-tobacksaves May 13-14 in Texas and was moved out of closer role... Pitched out of the pen in non-closer role, May 18-June9 (0-0, 3.60)... INTO THE ROTATION: Moved into the starting rotation and made six starts June 13-July 10 (0-1, 4.55)...Loss on July 10 vs. Texas snapped string of 11 consecutive no-decisions (starting and relieving)... Went 0-0, 3.86 ERA(14 ER, 32.2 IP) with 17 walks and 32 strikeouts during this stretch from May 18-July 5... Recorded 1st win of the season,Sept. 12 at Texas... BIG DAY: Earned win #2 in final start of the season on Sept. 30 vs. Oakland; allowed only one hit in 8.0shutout innings, while walking two and striking out a career-high nine batters... Retired 23 of the first 24 batters faced... 8.0innings also set a career-high... Limited opponents to a .248 (66x266) avg, including a .212 (25-118) clip vs. RH batters...Optioned to Tacoma July 11 and recalled back to Seattle on Sept. 9... Won five of six starts with Rainiers, Aug. 3-29, going5-0 with 1.93 ERA... During this stretch, limited opponents to a .204 (23-113) average with 11 walks and 22 strikeouts...Tossed his first complete game shutout with the Rainiers on Aug. 15 in a 4-0 win over Iowa... Allowed only four hits in 9.0shutout innings... Struck out two, walked one and threw 59 of 96 pitches for strikes... Went 3-1, 1.82 ERA (6 ER, 29.2 IP) in5 starts at Cheney Stadium, compared to 2-2, 5.86 ERA (16 ER, 25.1 IP) in five starts on the road.
Saw action as a reliever (40 games) and starter (5 games) in his second season in the Majors...combined to go 3-4 with 10 saves and a 3.34 ERA (24 ER, 64.2 IP)...In 40 relief appearances, went 1-2 with 10 saves and a 1.47 ERA (6 ER, 36.2 IP)...relief ERA ranked 2nd-lowest in club history (min. 30.0 IP), trailing only J.J. Putz (1.38 in 2007)...Held opponents to a .143 average as a reliever (18x126), T2nd-lowest in club history (min. 30.0 IP)...also averaged 11.54 K/9.0 IP, 6th-highest in club history as a reliever...overall, held opponents to a .174 average (40x230), 5th-lowest in club history (min. 50.0 IP)...Made first Major League start in 101st career appearance, Sept. 5 vs. New York...allowed one hit, one run and struck out 9 in 7.2 innings...no-hit the Yankees through 7.2 innings, becoming the first player in more than 40 years to take a no-hitter that far into a game in his first career start...Boston's Billy Rohr went 8.2 innings without allowing a hit on Opening Day in 1967 at Yankee Stadium (4/14/67)...joins Juan Marichal (1960), Rudy May (1965) and Steve Woodward (1997) as the only players since 1900 to pitch at least 7.2 innings, allow one hit and strike out at least 8 in their first ML start...In 5 starts, went 2-2, 5.79 (18 ER, 28.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 19 walks...averaged 9.0 K/9.0 IP, recording at least 5 strikeouts in 3 of 5 starts...Notched first career save June 11 at Toronto...entered game after J.J. Putz left with an elbow injury and recorded two strikeouts and a flyout to secure 2-1 victory...Held opponents to a .036 batting average (2x55) with 23 strikeouts in 17-game stretch from May 27-July 9...recorded career-high 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings during stretch, the longest streak by a Mariners pitcher in 2008...Allowed a pair of walk-off HRs: May 12 at Texas (R. Vazquez) and July 12 at Kansas City (D. DeJesus)...Recorded a 3.09 ERA (4 ER/11.2 IP) in 12 save opportunities...was 8-for-8 in save opportunities to open the season...Recorded saves in back-to-back games June 26-27 at San Diego & July 4-5 vs. Detroit...Missed 5G (back spasms) June 20-24 (at ATL & at NYM)...returned June 25 at NYM, tossing 1-2-3 9th inning...Optioned to Tacoma (AAA) on Aug. 5 to begin transition to become a starting pitcher...made 5 starts for the Rainiers, going 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA (7 ER, 18.2 IP) striking out 23 and not giving up a home run...held opposing batters to .179 batting average (12x67)...struck out 10 in 4.2 IP in 4th minor league start at Portland (4.2,2,2,2,1,10)...Opened the season at West Tennessee (AA)...appeared in 6 games for the Diamond Jaxx (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 8 K)...recalled from minors on April 17 (Bedard DL) and made season debut that night at Oakland (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)...
Made MLB debut April 3 vs. Oakland with 1.0 scoreless IP...became the 3rd player from the 2006 draft class to pitch in the Majors (Andrew Miller, DET; Joe Smith, NYM)...became just the 7th player in Mariners history to make his ML debut the year after he was drafted...went 3-4, 4.12 (29 ER, 63.1 IP) in 60 appearances...struck out 66 and walked 50...held opposing hitters to a .243 (56x230) batting average, including .221 (31x140) vs. right-handed batters...set club rookie record with 18 holds, breaking old record of 13 set by Ed Vande Berg in 1982...4th-most appearances by a rookie reliever in club history (60) and 5th-most strikeouts (66)...among AL rookie relievers, ranked 2nd in strikeouts (66), 3rd in appearances (60) and 4th in ERA (4.12)...earned first ML win April 23 at Texas, allowing one hit in career-high 3.1 IP...recorded 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings April 20-June 8...during streak went 2-0 while holding opposing batters to a .103 (6x58) average...also recorded scoreless streak of 17.0 IP over 15 outings July 17-Aug. 24 (23 strikeouts/7 walks)...started his career 3-0, 1.80 (5 ER, 25.0 IP) through June 13 (first 22 appearances)...over final 38 appearances, went 0-4, 5.63 (24 ER, 38.1 IP)...held opponents scoreless in 44 of 60 outings...made the big league club out of spring training after going 0-1, 1.08 (1 ER/8.1 IP) in 6 Cactus League appearances.
Began pro career with Peoria, appearing in seven games, four starts... Limited opponents to a .227 average (10-44), including a .158 clip vs. lefties... Tossed seven consecutive scoreless innings to start his career from July 5-Aug. 2... Transferred to Inland Empire on Aug. 31, appearing in one game.