Of undergoing his fourth elbow surgery this offseason, Brent tweeted: “I’m a baller. And have had way worse. I’m feeling good. I owe it to the game of baseball to keep pushing.”...Although not on the active roster, he may have contributed to the 2020 postseason in a major way…Randy Arozarena wore Brent’s boots for good luck during his historic October run...In visits to Atlanta’s Turner Field growing up, Brent frequently “lounged” near the bullpen to talk to the pitchers, including Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Billy Wagner…he guaranteed to bullpen catcher Eddie Pérez that he’d play in the big leagues one day...Brent loved to play ding-dong-ditch as a kid until he and his best friend, Tyler, rang the doorbell of a house and the garage door opened to reveal a police cruiser with the lights on...Brent graduated from Franklin County High School in Royston, Ga. …when he makes his major league debut, the school will have produced two major leaguers: Brent and Ty Cobb...His father, Brent Sr., played for three seasons in the Pirates minor league system…Brent Sr. pitched for Saint Leo University under coach Mike Marshall, who won the NL Cy Young Award as a reliever with the Dodgers in 1974… his father learned how to throw a screwball from Marshall and passed it on to Brent.
Underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on May 20 in Los Angeles, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache…Dr. ElAttrache and Dr. Steven Shin removed scar tissue from the area of the nerve...Added to the Rays 60-man player pool on Aug 27 and spent the summer at the alternate training site in Port Charlotte…was also part of the Rays 40-man player pool for the postseason...Underwent right elbow arthroscopic surgery on Dec 16, performed by Dr. ElAttrache…the minor procedure was done to relieve mild discomfort and is not expected to impact his 2021 season...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Rays system following the season.
Suffered a fracture of the right medial epicondyle (inside of the elbow) on June 8 while throwing a bullpen session in Port Charlotte… the next day, underwent surgery to repair the fracture, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. …his UCL was not damaged... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 80 overall prospect in the minors following the season… was the No. 6 prospect in the Rays system… the publication also tabbed him as having the Best Changeup in the organization for a second consecutive year.
Exited a live batting practice session in spring training with right forearm tightness, later diagnosed as a torn ulnar collateral ligament…underwent Tommy John surgery on Feb 27, performed by Dr. James Andrews...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 23 overall prospect in the minors following the season… was the No. 2 prospect in the Rays system.
Went 13-9 with a 3.49 ERA (136.2- IP, 53-ER) in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham, earning an April 16 promotion...Tied for 5th in the minors and led Rays minor leaguers with a career-high 172 SO, the most in the Rays system since Matt Moore (210) in 2011… tied for 2nd among Rays minor leaguers in wins, one shy of José Mujica (14)…ranked 9th in ERA...Led International League starters with a 11.06 SO/9 IP ratio…according to FanGraphs, generated swings-and-misses on 14.3 pct. of his pitches, highest in the league…ranked 2nd in the IL with 152 SO, behind teammate Ryan Yarbrough, and tied for 3rd with 12 wins...Was the starting pitcher for the U.S. team in the Futures Game in July at Marlins Park… became the first pitcher in the 19-year history of the game to win the Larry Doby Award as the game’s Most Valuable Player...Went 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA (12.1-IP, 3-ER) in 2 starts in the IL postseason…got no decision in the Bulls series-clinching win in Game 4 of the IL Semifinals at Indianapolis (Pirates)…recorded 10 SO and did not allow a run over 6 IP of Game 3 in the Governors’ Cup...Pitched out of the bullpen in the Bulls win over Memphis (Cardinals) in the Triple-A National Championship Game…did not allow a run in 2.2 IP before giving way to closer Diego Castillo...Named to the Rays Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 14 overall prospect in the minors following the season… was the No. 1 prospect in the Rays system…the publication also tabbed him as having the Best Changeup in the IL in its Best Tools survey.