Full name is Brett Gregory Hayes...married to Elly...Graduated from Norte Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA)...Attended the University of Nevada-Reno where he majored in speech communication...was a three-time AllWAC catcher, 2003 WAC Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American...finalist for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award, presented to top collegiate catcher...Member of Team USA squad that captured gold at FISU II World University Baseball Championships in 2004...Father, Tim Jr., was selected by the Royals in the fourth round of the 1975 MLB January Draft, but never played professionally...his great-grandfather, Tim, played in the Cleveland Indians system.
Combined for a .188 (18-96) average with one homer and 6 RBI in 31 games with Reno (AAA) and Charlotte (AAA)… went to major league spring training camp with ARI and opened the year at Reno, starting 15 games behind the plate… threw out 7 of 16 runners attempting to steal…had lone 2-hit game on 4/20 vs. Albuquerque before going 3-for-30 in final 11 contests with the Aces…made pro pitching debut on 5/14 vs. Iowa (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB)…was placed on the disabled list on 5/25 and traded to CWS for cash considerations on 6/1… was assigned to Charlotte and activated from the DL on 6/7… started 12 games at catcher for the Knights, throwing out 4 of 9 attempted base stealers…was 5-for-12 vs. LHP with Charlotte…ended Indianapolis' no-hit bid with one out 2B in 7th on 6/17…had 2 hits on 6/18 vs. Indianapolis and hit only homer in final appearance on 6/24 vs. Gwinnett…was bothered by a right elbow strain and was placed on the disabled list on 6/27, missing the rest of the year
Brett spent most of the year in Omaha (AAA), but had two stints with Kansas City...had his contract selected on August 4 when Salvador Perez was placed on the seven-day concussion list...recalled on September 1 and spent therest of the season with the Royals... Blasted first home run in over two seasons on September 29, a two-run shot off Chicago's Jose Quintana...went 2-for-4 with a double vs. Minnesota on August 7 in his KC debut...four of his five MLB hits were for extra bases... Hit 17 homers in 78 games for the Storm Chasers, which ranked second among Pacific Coast League catchers.
Brett opened the season as the Marlins back-up catcher and also spent time at New Orleans (AAA).
Made 33 starts at catcher, batting .257 (27x105) with nine doubles, 11 runs, four
home runs and 14 RBI in those games...Hit first career grand slam on June 5 vs. Milwaukee, setting a new career high with
four RBI...Went 1x9 (.111) as a pinch-hitter, and was used as a pinch-runner on 11 occasions,
scoring six runs...Made first two appearances of career in outfield. Entered game on July 20 vs. San
Diego in ninth inning as a defensive replacement in right field. On September 13 at
Atlanta, entered in eighth inning as a defensive replacement in left field.
Began the campaign at triple-A New Orleans, batting .220 (13x59) with seven runs scored, three
doubles, one home run and five RBI in 16 games ... Connected for only home run in his first game of the year, April 8 vs. Round Rock ... Hit in a season-best eight-straight games from April 12-25, batting .333 (10x30) over the streak ... Tallied a season-high three hits on April 17 at Round Rock ... Recalled from NO on May 13, taking the place of John Baker on the roster. Made a total of 21
starts behind the plate with a 4.01 catchers ERA. Hit .208 with six doubles, one triple, two home
runs and six RBI in 26 games ... Made first Major League start on May 15 vs. New York. Prior to that night, had only one other
appearance in the field in his career; May 22, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay (first base) ... Threw out his first career baserunner on May 22 at Chicago White Sox (Alexei Ramirez) ... Hit the first of his two home runs of the year on July 8 at Arizona; a two-run homer off Rodrigo
Lopez. Hit his second home run on August 30 vs. Washington; another two-run shot, this time off
Jason Marquis ... Missed 14 games with a left wrist contusion from July 21 to August 5. In seven rehab games with
single-A Jupiter, hit .217 with a double, two home runs, and seven RBI. In his final rehab game on
August 4, went 3x5 with a double, two home runs and seven RBI ... Hit in a season-best five consecutive games from August 24-30, collecting one hit in each of the
five games. Over the final four, marked two doubles, a triple and a home run ... Upon his return, started 12 of the Marlins next 24 games before being sidelined with a separated
shoulder on August 31 vs. Washington. Suffered the injury in a collision at home plate with Nyjer
Morgan in the 10th inning, yet was not placed on the DL ... Caught five of 18 potential base stealers (27.8%) and had a catchers ERA of 4.01 (190.2 IC/85 ER).
Began the season with triple-A New Orleans prior to earning his first Major League callup on May 22. With the Zephyrs, posted a
.240 average with four home runs and 37 RBI in 90 games...Hit safely in 22 of his first 29 games of the season, including 13 of 15 in May. Posted his highest monthly average in May, batting .368
(21x57) with one home run and eight RBI...Tallied a season-high four hits on May 8 at Albuquerque...Recorded three RBI in a game two times; June 11 vs. Oklahoma City and August 11 at Sacramento...With Florida, hit .273 in 14 games. Appeared as a pinch hitter 10 times, pinch runner three times and once at first base...Had two stints with the Marlins; May 22 to June 1 and September 1 to the end of the season. In his first stint, made ML debut on
May 22 vs. Tampa Bay as a late inning replacement at first base. Tallied first career hit in the ninth inning off Dale Thayer...Recalled on September 1 and finished the season with two hits in seven at-bats (.286), including one home run and two RBI...Connected for his first career home run on September 5 at Washington, a sixth-inning pinch hit homer off Victor Garate. His pinch
hit home run was the fifth of the season by the Fish...Ended the season batting .200 (2x10) with two RBI as a pinch hitter, with both hits going for extra bases (2B, HR).
Started 2008 with double-A Carolina, and within the first 10 days
of the season had been transferred to triple-A Albuquerque two
times, making one appearance on April 4, going 1x1 with a run...Settled in with Carolina on April 13 and posted a .232 average
(42x181) with eight doubles, six home runs and 18 RBI in 54
games for the Mudcats...Finished the season with Albuquerque after his transfer on July
8...hit at a .293 clip (34x116) with three doubles, one triple, five
home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games with Isotopes...With Albuquerque, batted .370 (10x27) with four home runs and
eight RBI against left-handed pitching, while batting .270
(24x89) with two doubles one triple, one home run and nine RBI
against righties...in a stark contrast, hit only .143 (7x49) against
lefties as member of the Mudcats...Batted .310 (18x58) with three homers and nine RBI in the month
of July, his highest monthly average of the season...Had contract selected by Florida on November 20.
Following 2007 season, was tabbed by Baseball America as 'Best Defensive Catcher' in Marlins' organization.
Appeared in 82 games with Greensboro (A), batting .245 with nine home runs and 38 RBI...appeared defensively in 71 games
as catcher and one game at first base...Went 1x3 with grand slam on June 25 against Augusta...his four RBI tied a season high...also had four RBI on August 6 against Charleston, going 2x4 with three-run homer in that game...had highest average in July, when he batted .284 (23x81) with two home runs and seven RBI in 23 games...had best power month in August with three home runs...As catcher, threw out 40 of 108 (37 %) attempted base stealers...as designated hitter, batted .318 (7x22) with three home runs and nine RBI.
Appeared with Jamestown (A) and the Marlins' Gulf Coast League affiliate, after he was selected by Florida in the June First-Year Player Draft...batted combined .256 with one home run and 14 RBI in 39 games between the two levels...began
season in the Gulf Coast League and hit .417 with two RBI in three games...went 0x4 in professional debut on July 4 at the GCL Mets...went 3x4 with RBI on June 5 against the Mets, and 2x4 with RBI on July 6 at the GCL Dodgers...promoted to
Jamestown on July 7...hit .239 with one home run and 12 RBI in 36 games...hit in season-high five straight games from July
30 to August 18, batting .467 (7x15) with two RBI during streak...had two three-hit games, on August 21 at Auburn and
September 5 at Batavia...hit first professional home run on September 2 against Batavia...had best month in September,
hitting .367 with one home run and three RBI in nine games...batted .289 (24x83) with one home run against right-handers
and .118 (4x34) against left-handed pitchers.