Brett joins the Cubs following eight big league seasons with Oakland (2009-13), Colorado (2014) and the Dodgers (2015-16), in which he posted a 3.86 ERA (294 ER/685.2 IP) with a 38-43 record, three complete games, one shutout and three saves in 127 career games, all but 12 in a starting role...The lefty has a 58.9 percent groundball rate in his career, third-highest among all active pitchers with at least 500.0 innings of work...Has allowed just 0.83 home runs per 9.0 innings, having surrendered 63 homers in 685.2 innings...Owns a 33-7 career mark (.825) in 53 starts when he receives three or more runs of support...Has advanced to the postseason three times: 2012 and 2013 with the A's and in 2015 with the Dodgers...Set career highs with 31 starts and 180.1 innings in 2015 for the Dodgers ... missed majority of 2016 season due to a bulging disk in his back...Was the Athletics Opening Day starter vs. Seattle in 2013...Finished sixth in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 2009, going 11-11 in 30 starts and setting an Oakland rookie record with 150 strikeouts, which topped MLB rookies...Was ranked No. 7 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects lists entering the 2009 season...Following the 2008 season, was rated as the A's No.1 prospect and the fourth-best prospect in the California League by Baseball America … was also tabbed as having the Best Slider and Best Control in the magazine's Best Tools survey for A's prospects...Selected for the United States team in the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium July 13, 2008...Pitched for the bronze-medal winning Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China...Selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2006 June Draft...Graduated from Stillwater (Okla.) High School, where he was a Baseball America First Team High School AllAmerican selection in 2006 after going 9-0 with two saves and a 0.37 ERA in 12 games as a senior...His father, Frank, was the head baseball coach at Oklahoma State University from 2003-12 and is now pitching coach at the University of Houston.
In his second and final season with the Dodgers, missed a majority of the season due to injury ... all told, pitched in four games (three starts), allowing 15 runs in 11.1 innings while going 1-2...In March, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a bulging disk in his lower back ... began the season on the 60-day D.L...Went a combined 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) in three rehab starts with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City before he was activated, August 14...Placed on the 15-day D.L., August 23 (retro to August 21), with a blister on his left index finger ... activated, September 22, and pitched in two games (one start), going 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP).
Won double-digit games (10) for the first time since his rookie season in 2009 (11) and set career highs in starts (31), innings pitched (180.1) and quality starts (18). ... Led Major League qualifiers with a 66.7 groundball percentage...forced 23 groundball double-plays, the eighth most among MLB starting pitchers (min. 25 starts). ... Tied a career high (third time) with 10 strikeouts on June 26 at Miami. ... At the plate, led the Dodgers with nine successful sacrifices. ... Did not commit an error, while ranking second among NL pitchers with 47 assists. ... In the postseason, started the Dodgers' NLDS Game 3 at New York
Limited to only eight starts with Colorado due to a broken left index finger and lower back surgery, going 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA (14 ER/ 34.1 IP)...Allowed only one home run in 43.1 innings...Permitted three or fewer earned runs in seven of his eight starts, including five quality starts...Broke his left index finger on April 12 at San Francisco and missed the next 83 games…while recovering, made two rehab starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/ 9.1 IP)...Injured his back during an Aug. 5 start vs. Chicago-NL and underwent surgery on Aug. 14 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back…surgery performed by Dr. Chris Yeung in Phoenix...Entering 2014, had only registered four Major League at-bats having not recorded a hit in any of them...on April 1 at Miami, his first game of the season and second at-bat, he recorded his first career hit, a double to left field...on July 13 vs. Minnesota, he sacrificed himself to score Wilin Rosario from third for his first career RBI...on August 5 vs. Chicago (NL), he got another hit, again a double...on the year, went 2-for-18 (.111) with two doubles and an RBI
Was the A's Opening Day starting pitcher but finished the season in the bullpen after spending four months on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right foot. Made his first career Opening Day start April 1 against Seattle but was the losing pitcher in the A's 2-0 loss…became the A's eighth different Opening Day starting pitcher in the last eight years…allowed just two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings but issued a career-high tying six walks (sixth time, first since May 16, 2011 vs. Los Angeles-AL)…struck out the side in the first inning to become the first A's pitcher since at least 1947 to strike out the side in the first inning on Opening Day. Struck out a career-high tying 10 batters in 6.0 innings in his second start, a 9-3 win at Houston April 7 (also Sept. 18, 2009 vs. Cleveland)…it was his only win of the season…that gave him a 1.38 ERA and .191 opponents batting average over his first two starts. Went 0-3 with a 14.34 ERA and .400 opponents batting average over his final three starts. Surrendered a career-high tying three home runs in 5.2 innings in a 7-3 loss to Detroit April 13. Tossed 1.0 inning April 19 at Tampa Bay, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks…it was the shortest outing of his career as a starter…left the game early with a sprained right ankle. Did not miss a start, but allowed six runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings for the loss at Boston April 24…was scheduled to skip his start April 29 against Los Angeles (AL) but ended up pitching 5.1 innings of relief that night in the A's 10-8, 19-inning win…entered the game in the 13th inning for the first relief appearance of his career after 73 starts…allowed just one run. Finished April 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in six games, five starts…the losses matched the most in Oakland history by a pitcher in the month. Struck out 46 in 44.2 innings, marking the first time in his career he finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched. Had a 4.71 ERA (21.0 IP, 11 ER) with 3 saves in 11 games in relief.
Completed his rehab from "Tommy John" surgery in late August and made six starts before his regular season ended when he strained his right oblique Sept. 19...went 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA and .225 opponents batting average...allowed just one home run in 35.0 innings...his opponents batting average included a .219 (7-for-32) mark against left-handed hitters compared to .227 (22-for-97) against right-handers...had 22 of his 25 strikeouts against righties...allowed a .148 average with runners in scoring position...opponents were 0-for-10 with RISP and two outs...has held the opposition to a .214 (44-for-206) batting average with runners in scoring position over his last three seasons after allowing a .314 mark in his rookie campaign of 2009...had a .194 opponents batting average the first two times through the lineup, .323 with his only home run after that...walked just one batter to lead off an inning...was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his two starts in Oakland compared to 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts on the road...logged a 3-1 record, a 1.61 ERA and .188 opponents batting average in four starts at night compared to 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and .286 opponents average in two starts during the day...had one pickoff and now has 14 in his 68 career starts...opponents were 1-for-2 in stolen bases attempts...they are now 14-for-27 (51.9%) over the last three years after going 14-for-18 (77.8%) during his rookie campaign...received no run support in each of his two losses...is now 2-21 in 34 career starts with run support of fewer than three runs, 23-4 in 34 starts with support of three runs or more...the A's were 4-2 (.667) in his starting assignments and are 31-37 (.456) in his career...tossed at least six innings in five of his six starts, allowed one run or fewer four times and walked two batters or fewer five times.
Was limited to just 13 starts and was 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA when he underwent "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow July 14...was originally placed on the disabled list June 7...received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection into his elbow June 13 before the decision was made to have surgery...went 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA over his first five starts and did not allow a home run in 34.2 innings...then went 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA over his final eight starts, yielding eight home runs in 48.2 innings...had four walks and 27 strikeouts over his first five starts compared to 21 walks and 34 strikeouts over his final eight...allowed a .270 opponents batting average and .335 on-base percentage, both the highest of his three seasons...his opponents average included a .252 (53 for 210) mark against right-handed hitters and .303 (33 for 109) against left-handers...issued just three of his 25 walks to lefties...his opponents average dropped to .221 with runners in scoring position...now has a .223 (40 for 179) average with RISP over the last two seasons after allowing a .314 mark in 2009...held opponents to a .216 batting average the first time through the lineup, .245 the second time and .342 after that...surrendered seven of his eight home runs with runners on base...tied for seventh in the American League with a career-high five pickoffs and now has 13 in his career...opponents were successful in just 5 of 12 (41.7%) stolen base attempts and are 13 for 22 (59.1%) over the last two years after going 14 for 18 (77.8%) during his rookie campaign...matched his career high by hitting seven batters...had a 2.31 ERA over the first three innings of a game and 5.48 ERA from the fourth inning on...was 2-4 with a 3.42 ERA in eight starts during the day, compared to 1-2 with a 4.99 ERA in five starts at night...his career numbers are 10-8 with a 3.17 ERA (56 er in 159.0 ip) in 26 starts during the day, 11-15 with a 4.03 ERA (95 er in 212.0 ip) in 36 starts at night...received run support of two runs or fewer in seven of his 13 starts and was 0-4 in those games...is now 2-19 in 32 career starts with support of less than three runs, 19-4 with run support of three or more...the A's were 5-8 (.385) in his starting assignments and are 27-35 (.435) in his career...tossed six or more innings seven times, allowed two runs or fewer seven times and walked two batters or fewer eight times.
OAKLAND: Tossed his second career complete game in his second start of the season but took the loss in a 2-1 decision at Minnesota April 8...earned his first win April 19 against Boston when he combined with Breslow and Fuentes on a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 A's win...tossed 8.0 innings, allowed four of the hits and struck out a season-high eight...also won his next start April 24 at Seattle, allowing one earned run in 7.0 innings...is now 6-3 with a 1.90 ERA (16 er in 75.2 ip) in 12 career starts against the Mariners...was 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA following the start against Seattle, but then went 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA over his next five starts...began the losing streak by allowing seven runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings in an 11-2 loss to Texas April 30...matched his career highs by allowing three home runs and issuing four walks...it was his first of three four-walk games in 2011 (May 10 at Texas, May 16 vs. Los Angeles)...matched his career high by tossing 9.0 innings May 5 against Cleveland, but had a no decision in the A's 4-3, 12-inning loss...snapped his three-game losing streak by tossing 8.0 shutout innings in a 4-3 win at Los Angeles May 26...then allowed a career-high 10 runs on a career-high 11 hits in his next start, a 10-3 loss to New York May 31...allowed two home runs, both to left-handed hitters (Granderson and Cano)...those were his first home runs allowed to a lefty since Aug. 25, 2009 at Seattle (Branyan)...allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings in his final start, a 6-3 loss at Boston June 5...was placed on the disabled list June 7 with left elbow soreness...received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection after he was examined by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. June 13...was examined again a month later and it was determined that his injury required surgery...Dr. Andrews performed successful reconstructive surgery to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, July 14...was transferred to the 60-day DL July 31.
Lowered his ERA by more than a run from his rookie campaign of 2009 but two stints on the disabledlist with elbow problems limited him to just 19 starts in 2010 ... was 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA after going 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA in his first season ... tossed 112.1 innings and did not qualify for the league leaders ... however, based on a minimum of 100 innings pitched, he ranked fifth in the American League in ERA ... also ranked fourth in fewest home runs per nine innings (0.48), fifth in fewest walks per nine innings(1.76) and lowest run support (3.53), eighth in strikeout to walk ratio (3.41) and ninth in opponentsslugging percentage (.353) ... is now 15-10 with a 2.88 ERA in 36 starts since June 29, 2009 ... his ERAis second lowest among AL pitchers with 200 or more innings pitched over that span (Hernandez, SEA2.33) and sixth lowest in the majors ... opponents batted .257, which included .243 (80 for 329) by righthandedhitters and .299 (32 for 107) by left-handers ... his career splits are .246 (203 for 826) against righties and .308 (89 for 289) against lefties ... allowed all six of his home runs to righties ... five came athome, five were hit in night games and five were with the bases empty ... his opponents batting averagedropped to .225 with runners in scoring position after yielding a .314 average with RISP in 2009 ... however, the opposition hit .315 when leading off an inning ... received run support of one run or fewerin eight of his 19 starts and was 0-5 in those games ... had a 7-1 record in his 11 starts with support oftwo runs or more ... is now 0-14 in 20 career starts with zero or one run of support and 18-3 in 29 startswith at least two runs of support ... tied for eighth in the AL with four pickoffs and now has eight in twoseasons ... the A's were 8-11 (.421) in his starting assignments and are 22-27 (.449) in his career ... tossedsix or more innings 14 times, allowed two runs or fewer 13 times and walked two batters or fewer in18 of his starts.
OAKLAND: Did not allow a run in his first two starts of the season April 8 against Seattle and April 13at Seattle to become the first starting pitcher in Oakland history (among pitchers who began the seasonwith the A's) to start the season with two consecutive scoreless outings ... the last Athletics pitcher to doit was Alex Kellner of the 1953 Philadelphia A's, who started the season with back-to-back completegame shutouts ... was charged with the first wild pitch of his career in the game on the 13th, snapping acareer-opening streak of 31 starts and 186.1 innings without a wild pitch ... the streak of 31 consecutivestarts without a wild pitch tied for sixth longest by a starter in Oakland history ... agreed to terms April16 on a four-year contract through the 2013 season with club options for 2014 and 2015 ... had hisseason-opening scoreless streak snapped at 14.0 innings in his third start, an 8-3 loss to Baltimore ... that was the third longest season-opening streak by a starter in Oakland history and the longest sinceMatt Keough set the record with a 16.0 inning streak in 1980 ... was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four startsbefore going on the 15-day disabled list April 27 retroactive to April 25 with left elbow inflammation and a proximal medial forearm strain ... it was his first career stint on the DL ... made one rehab start withTriple-A Sacramento May 24 against Nashville and had a no decision in the River Cats' 8-3 win (3.0 ip,6 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 1 so, 1 hbp) ... was reinstated from the DL May 29 and had a win and a 2.35 ERA intwo starts before returning to the DL with left elbow inflammation June 4 ... made four more rehab stats,going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League and 1-0 witha 3.48 ERA in two starts with Sacramento, before he was reinstated July 30 ... went 5-5 with a 2.98 ERAin 13 starts following his return ... yielded a career-high tying 10 hits in 5.1 innings in a 6-1 loss July 30at Chicago but picked up the win in his next start Aug. 4 against Kansas City ... then had a career-hightying four-game losing streak from Aug. 10 to Sept. 1 ... went 0-4 despite a 3.21 ERA over that five-startspan, receiving no run support three times, including Aug. 27 at Texas when he left after 2.0 innings witha mild hyper extension of his right knee ... the 2.0 innings pitched matched his career low (June 3, 2010at Boston) ... then finished the season with a career-high tying four-game winning streak, posting a 2.18ERA and holding the opposition to a .233 batting average over his final six starts ... walked a season-highthree batters Sept. 11 against Boston, snapping a 22-start streak dating back to Aug. 19, 2009 where hewalked two batters or fewer ... that was the second longest streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history,falling four short of the record of 26 by Gil Heredia (April 10-Aug. 28, 1999) ... went 3-1 with a 2.23ERA and .237 opponents batting average in six starts in September ... is now 7-1 with a 2.25 ERA (16 erin 64.0 ip) in 10 career starts in September and is 11-16 with a 3.94 ERA (98 er in 223.2 ip) in 39 startsthe rest of the season.
Was one of two 21-year olds to spend the season in the A's starting rotation...set an Oakland rookierecord with 150 strikeouts...led the A's pitching staff in strikeouts and wins (11) and finished secondin starts (30)...compiled an 11-11 record and 4.06 ERA...led all Major League rookies in strikeouts...tied for third among American League rookies in games started, ranked fourth in innings pitched (175.1)and tied for fourth in wins...had one of five shutouts by an AL rookie and one of 11 complete games...his strikeouts broke the previous Oakland rookie record of 141 set by Rick Langford in 1977...fellone short of the Oakland rookie record of 12 wins set by Chris Codiroli in 1983 and matched by JoeBlanton in 2005...became the eighth Oakland rookie to make 30 or more starts...is one of four 21-yearolds in Oakland history to win 10 or more games and his 30 starts tied for fifth most in Athletics historyby a pitcher under the age of 22...fellow 21-year old Trevor Cahill had 10 wins in 32 starts, makingthe A's the 13th team since 1900 to have two pitchers under the age of 22 win 10 or more games (last:Kansas City, 1984, with Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen) and the fourth with 30 or more starts (last:Chicago-AL, 1980)...was 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA, .304 opponents batting average and 13 home runsallowed over his first 13 starts...then went 8-4 with a 2.96 ERA, .237 opponents batting average andseven home runs over his final 17 starts, beginning June 29...his ERA from June 29 through the end ofthe season was fourth best in the AL behind Lester (2.35), Greinke (2.37) and Hernandez (2.44)...wascharged with 15 unearned runs, which tied for the most in the AL (Hernandez, SEA)...also ranked tiedfor fifth in grounded into double plays (24), tied for seventh in shutouts (1) and pickoffs (4), eighth inwalks per nine innings (2.31) and strikeout to walk ratio (3.33), and 10th in strikeouts per nine innings(7.70)...received run support of one run or less in 12 of his 30 starts and his season run support of 4.62was eighth lowest in the AL...was 11-2 in 18 starts with run support of two more...did not have a wildpitch and his 175.1 innings were the most in the majors among pitchers with no wild pitches...they werethird most in Oakland history behind Catfish Hunter (234.0 ip in 1968) and Steve McCatty (185.2 ip in 1981)...allowed a .265 opponents batting average, which included a .247 (123 for 497) mark againstright-handed hitters and .313 (57 for 182) against left-handers...yielded a .314 average with runners inscoring position, which was fifth highest in the AL...however, that marked dropped to .239 from June 29through the end of the season...opponents were 7 for 13 (.538) with a grand slam and 15 RBI with thebases loaded...compiled a 7-4 record and 3.14 ERA in 17 starts on five or more days rest and was 4-7with a 5.19 ERA in 13 starts on four days rest...was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 starts during the day and6-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 19 starts at night...did not commit an error in 29 total chances, all assists...since1954, the only other pitchers to make at least 30 starts in a season without recording a putout are RandyJohnson (SEA, 1991) and Bob Veale (PIT, 1970)...tied for the lead among AL pitchers in double plays(5) and tied for fourth in assists...the A's were 14-16 (.467) in his starting assignments... tossed six ormore innings 16 times, allowed two runs or fewer 11 times and walked two batters or fewer 25 times...was ranked number 7 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects lists entering the season.
Combined for an 11-5 record and a 3.69 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, with Single-A Stocktonand Double-A Midland in his first season in the A's organization...also pitched for the United Statesteam in the All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium July 13 (1.0 ip, 1 h, 1 bb) and for Team USA inthe Summer Olympics in Beijing, China...was 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA (12.2 ip, 13 h, 8 r, 7 er, 3 bb, 10 so,2 hr) in two starts during the Olympics...was rated as the A's number one prospect and the fourth bestprospect in the California League by Baseball America following the season...was also tabbed as havingthe Best Slider and Best Control in the magazine's Best Tools survey for A's prospects...with Stocktonand Midland, he allowed a .237 opponents batting average, which included a .234 mark by right-handedhitters and .245 by left-handers...opponents hit .235 with runners in scoring position...struck out 118and walked just 27, a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.4 to 1...averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings...allowed eight home runs in 105.0 innings, an average of one per 13.1 innings...six of the eight homeruns were solo shots...began the year at Stockton and was 9-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts...tied for the team lead in wins despite spending just three months with the Ports...did not allow a runin four of his first six starts, including each of his first two, to start the season 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA...capped that stretch by striking out 10 in 7.0 shutout innings May 1 at Visalia...went 4-0 with a 1.82 ERAover his final five games, four starts, with Stockton...was named California League Pitcher of the Week,June 9-15...won both of his starts and allowed just one run in 14.0 innings, while striking out 16...waspromoted to Midland June 24 and was 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in six starts with the RockHounds...struckout a season high 12 in 6.0 innings in his first Double-A start June 26 at Arkansas and was the winningpitcher in a 5-3 win...then tossed 3.2 shutout innings July 7 against Springfield and 1.1 scoreless, hitlessinnings July 11 at San Antonio before going to New York for the Futures Game July 13...returned toMidland and went 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts July 18 and 23 before joining Team USA for theOlympics...had a no decision Aug. 16 in a 5-4 win over Canada (5.2 ip, 9 h, 4 r, 3 er, 4 so)...then startedand won in the Bronze Medal game Aug. 23 against Japan, an 8-4 win (7.0 ip, 4 h, 4 r, 4 er, 3 bb, 6 so)...made one final start for Midland Aug. 28, a no decision in a 6-4 win over San Antonio.
Was Arizona's second round pick in 2006 but did not sign until Sept. 1, 2006...made his professionaldebut in 2007 and was a combined 11-7 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games, all starts, with Single-ASouth Bend and Single-A Visalia...ranked third in the Diamondbacks farm system in wins and ERA...allowed a .270 opponents batting average, including .215 by left-handed hitters and .283 by right-handers...that mark dropped to .171 with runners in scoring position...struck out 125 in 120.1 innings, anaverage of 9.3 per nine innings...walked just 21 for a strikeout to walk ratio of 5.95 to 1...only one ofthose walks was issued to a left-handed hitter...allowed nine home runs or one per 13.4 innings...eightof the nine home runs were hit by right-handers...walked two batters or fewer in all but one of his 23starts...was 8-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 14 starts at South Bend and was a Baseball America Low Class AAll-Star...was also named the number three prospect in the Midwest League by the magazine...tied forthe Silver Hawks team lead in wins despite being promoted to Visalia June 21...compiled a 1.84 ERAin five starts in April, but was just 3-2...had a season best five-game winning streak over a seven-startstretch from May 10 to June 11 (1.67 ERA)...began the streak May 10 against Beloit by striking out aseason high 10 in 7.0 shutout innings...was 3-3 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts with Visalia...made onepostseason start for the Oaks and took the loss (4.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 so, 2.25 ERA)...was tradedto the A's on December 14 and was named Oakland's third best prospect by Baseball America.