Brendan Michael Harris ..... attended Queensbury (NY) High School and the College of William and Mary in
Virginia ..... originally selected by the Cubs in the 5th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft and signed by scout Billy Swoope.
Opened the season with the Angels and batted .206 with four home runs and nine RBI in 44 games ..... batted .296 (21-for-71) with all four of his home runs against right-handed pitchers ..... Designated for assignment by the Angels on July 20 ..... signed by the Yankees on July 26 and assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ..... Released on Aug. 21 and signed by the Rangers on Aug. 22 (assigned to Triple-A Round Rock) ..... Combined to hit .237 with three home runs and nine RBI in 34 games in the minors.
Spent all of 2011 at Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore organization after the club acquired him and J.J. Hardy from Minnesota during the offseason...Hit .225 (116-for-516) with 21 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games for Norfolk...the 136 games he played for Norfolk are a career-Minor League-high...Saw action all over the diamond with the Tide, playing 45 games at second, 36 at third, 51 at shortstop and 2 in left...2011 was his first season since 2003 that he did not play a single game in the Majors.
Started the season on the Twins Opening Day roster...Went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, May 9 vs. Baltimore...Collected just two hits in 33 at-bats, May 22-June 19...Batted .200 (9-for-45) in 18 April games, .140 (6-for-43) in 16 May games, .100 (2-for-20) in nine June games, and .157 (17-
for-108) with just four extra-base hits (three doubles and a homer) before being outrighted to Triple-A Rochester, June 24...Hit safely in 13 of 15 games for Rochester, July 11-28, hitting .379 (22-for-58) with 10 RBI during the span...Went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored, August 3 at Charlotte.
Hit his first home run of the season, April 17 vs. Los Angeles (AL)...finished April batting .350 (14-for-40) in 15 games...hit safely in
career-high 12 straight games, May 26-June 7...hit first career leadoff home run, June 20 vs. Houston...inserted into the leadoff spot for six games, while Denard Span was on the disabled list, June 12-20...finished the month of June, batting .303 (33-for-109) with four three-hit games...went 3-for-5 with a home run, three rbi and two doubles, July 12 vs. Chicago (AL)...played 123 games for the Twins, 56 at shortstop (50 starts), 11 at second base (10 starts), 44 at third base (34 starts) and three at first base...batted .302 against left-handed pitching.
Hit safely in six consecutive games, going 9-for-21 (.429), April 3-12...hit first home run as a Twin, April 20 vs. Cleveland...hit safely in 9 of 11 games, May 15-28...six-game hit-streak, June 2-9...career-high 10-game hit-streak from June 18-June 28, hitting .328 (13-for-34) with two home runs during that stretch...hit safely in 17 of 19 games from June 18-July 10...homered in consecutive games, June 24-25 at San Diego with one being a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth off Trevor Hoffman on June 24...tied a season-high with three hits on July 12 at Detroit, collecting three rbi...hit .294 (20-for-68) with 13 rbi and an on-base percentage of .355 in 21 July games...hit safely in six of seven games from July 31-August 6 with five multi-hit games and six doubles...matched a season-high with three runs scored as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk, September 13 (game 2) at Baltimore...tied career-high with three triples on the season...ranked third on the team in doubles with 29...played all four infield positions including making 37 starts at second base, 51 at shortstop and 27 at third base.
Twenty-seven year-old spent his first full season
at the major league level ... played in 137 games,
4th most on the club behind Delmon Young (162),
Carlos Peña (148) and Carl Crawford (143) ...
Entered this season with a total of 52 games
played over parts of the previous 3 seasons in the
big leagues with the Cubs, Expos/Nationals and
Reds ... batted .209 ...
Was 3rd on the club with 149 hits, 35 doubles and
521 at-bats; 4th in hitting at .286 ... led team with
8 sacrifice hits ...
Hit 12 home runs, one of 6 Rays with at least a
dozen dingers ... half his homers went opposite
Avg. was .300 or better all but three days through
Aug. 4 ... was leading the team in hitting as late as
June 29 (.320) ... hit .246 (42-171) from that point
Best month was June as he led the club in RBI
with 20 and tied for the team lead in avg. (.321) ...
also hit 5 homers, tied for 2nd on club ...
Hit .345 vs. left-handed pitching (49-142), tied for
4th best in the AL ... in fact, it's the 2nd-best avg.
vs. southpaws in club history behind switch-hit-
ter Randy Winn, who hit .347 (50-144) in 2002 ...
Started just one of the first 11 games ... moved
into the starting lineup on April 15 for slumping
SS Ben Zobrist and started 132 of the next 140
games through Sep 17 until a strained left latissimus
dorsi muscle limited him to pinch-running
duties over the final two weeks ...
Made 86 starts at shortstop, 45 at 2nd base and 2
at 3rd base ... moved from shortstop to 2nd base
on July 30 with Ty Wigginton's trade to Houston ...
Batted .302 (101-334) while playing shortstop,
.251 (44-175) after the switch to 2nd base ...
Was the Rays top fielding shortstop with a pct. of
.968 (11 errors in 343 total chances) as well as 2nd
base, where he committed just one miscue in
172 total chances, a .994 fielding pct - that error
came in his final game - Sep 17 at Los Angeles.
Rays were 23-22 in his starts at 2nd base ...
Homered in his first official at-bat with the Rays, a
3-run shot April 7 at home off the Blue Jays' Tomo
Ohka ... became the 7th Ray to do it joining Elijah
Dukes who did it in the season opener at New
York on April 2 ...
Homered in his first two starts, also April 15 at
Minnesota off Boof Bonser ... would be in the
lineup everyday from that point ...
Had 8 home runs through June 18 (214 AB), then
went 263 at-bats without homering until going
deep Sep 5 at home off Baltimore's Rob Bell ... finished the season with 4 HR in his last 11 games.
Had a pair of walk-off RBI: May 5 vs. Oakland
(12 innings) and May 15 vs. Texas at the Disney Sports Complex (11 innings) ... matched BJ
Upton and Dioner Navarro with two walk-off RBI
Batted .643 in the Rangers series at Disney (9-14)
with 3 multi-hit games, including a career-high
4 hits on the 15th ... also scored the winning run
on Delmon Young's 10th-inning, walk-off HR May
Collected a career-high 5 RBI on June 10 at
Hit everywhere in the lineup except cleanup.
Was acquired from the Reds in exchange for cash
on January 2, 2007 ... was originally selected by
the Cubs in the 5th round of the 2001 Draft ...
Appeared in a club-most 27 games in Spring Training spending time at SS, 2B, 3B, LF and 1B.
Was acquired by the Reds from the Nationals on July 13 as part of an 8-player deal...Opened the year in the Washington organization...made two tours with the Nats, April 14-27 and June 3-19 combining to bat .250 (8-for-32) in 17 games...With Triple-A New Orleans, batted .283 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI in 59 games before he
was traded...for the Zephyrs, played all 4 infield positions plus catcher...Was involved in the 24-inning marathon between the Zephrys and the Nashville Sounds that spanned two days and tied a Pacific Coast League record for the longest game (innings)...Harris' 9th inning RBI single tied the score at 4-4 and sent the game to extra innings.
» Reported to Triple-A Louisville following the deal and spent the rest of the minor league
season there...named Louisville's Hitter of the Month for August (.370, 10-2B, 21-RBI, 18-R).
» Was recalled by Cincinnati on August 31...appeared in 8 games for the Reds, including a start at second base in the final game of the season...On Sept. 22 vs. the Cubs produced his second career pinch-hit HR (off Rich Hill)...was his only homer of the season and third of his career...Was designated for assignment on 12/21, when the Reds acquired IF/OF Jeff Conine from
Spent most of the 2005 season at Triple-A New Orleans and produced a career-high 81 RBI,
second most in the organization...Appeared in 4 games with Washington (3-9, .333, 1 2b, 1hr, 3rbi)...on May 23 in his season debut at Cincinnati, he hit the first pinch-hit HR in the history of the Washington Nationals (off
Eric Milton)...was optioned back to AAA on May 30...Following the season, played for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League (22 G, .376, 1
HR, 13 RBI)...had at least 2 hits in 10 of his first 11 AFL games...Entered the season rated by USA Today Sports Weekly
as one of the Nats' Top 5 prospects in the "cream of the crop" category.
Advanced beyond Double-A for the first time and excelled, hitting .302 with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and 59 RBI in
102 Pacific Coast League games for Iowa and Edmonton...was the final piece of the puzzle that allowed 4-team mega
deal-that featured, among others, Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra-to go through just one minute before
trading dealine...Harris' .302 batting average kept his career mark (now .302) above .300 at the minor league level...'04
performance merited first big league stint...hit .169 (10-for-59) with 3 doubles, one homer and 3 RBI in 23 games for
CHI and Montreal...was recalled by Montreal on September 7 after hitting .285 with 6 homers and 24 RBI in 33 games
with Edmonton...was rated among Top 20 Players in the PCL following the season by Baseball America...recalled on
July 5 when Todd Hollandsworth was placed on the 15-Day DL, made big league debut with CHI on July 6 vs. MIL...started
at 3B and went 1-for-3...first big league hit was a double off Victor Santos in the 3rd inning...started 2 more games with
the Cubs before being optioned back to Iowa on July 19...made Expos debut on September 8, ironically, at Wrigley
Field...went 1-for-3...hit first big league homer in nightcap of doubleheader, September 15 at FLA...the solo shot to
center field came in the 8th inning off Josias Manzanillo...during the September 15 doubleheader sweep at FLA,
Brendan, Valentino Pascucci and Ryan Church all hit their first big league home runs...according to the Elias Sports
Bureau, the last time 3 players on the same team hit their first major league homers in the same day was April 28, 1946,
when the New York Giants hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers for, ironically, a doubleheader (21,325 days prior)...Bill Rigney,
Buddy Blattner and Jess Pike all homered as the Giants took 2 from their cross-town rivals, 7-3 and 10-4.played both
2B (11 games, 10 starts) and 3B (7 games, 6 starts) for CHI and Montreal.
In PCL: Was hitting .311 with 11 homers and 35 RBI in 69 games with Iowa upon being acquired by the Expos...hit safely
in 17 straight starts for Iowa from May 26-June 14...hit in 12 straight games, August 10-22, as a member of the Trappers.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Posted career-high 2 hits on in nightcap of doubleheader, September 15 at Florida.
In PCL: Posted season-high 4 hits, June 14 at Albuquerque...homered in 3 straight games, June 23-25...hit 2 solo
homers and walks twice on July 28 vs. Tucson...had 2 hits in first game with Edmonton, August 3 at Nashville...drove in
season-high 5 runs on August 19 at Salt Lake.
Brendan batted .280 with 46 extra-base hits and 52 RBIs at Double-A West Tennessee.
hit .350 with runners in scoring position, driving in 42 runs.
played in 103 games at third base, 20 games at second base and one game at shortstop.
after the season, he played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League and batted .302 with 10 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs.
Brendan was a Florida State League midseason and postseason all-star at Daytona (A), where he hit .329 with 54 RBI and 82 runs scored in 110 games ... had the 3rd-highest batting average in the league...had 35 doubles, 6 triples and 13 homers ... ranked in the top 10 in the league in extra-base hits (54), on-base percentage (.395), slugging percentage (.532), hits (140), doubles and runs...had 40 multi-hit games, including four 4-hit contests...split time between third base (59 games) and second base (54 games)...received a late-season promotion to West Tenn (AA) - and batted .321 in 13 games with 11 RBI...after the season, he earned Baseball America High A all-star honors.
Made his professional debut at Lansing (A), hitting .274 with 22 RBI in 32 games...had a pair of 4-RBI contests (August 7 at Kane County, August 23 at Dayton).