Brian Anthony Flynn…resides in McAlester, OK with wife Kelsey.
Opened the year on the 10-day IL with a strained UCL in his left elbow…went 2-2, 3.57 in 6 games/2 starts on rehab assignment at Omaha before being activated on 5/25…earned a win with 5.2 relief IP on 5/19 at Oklahoma City…allowed runs in 7 of 10 relief outings with the Royals and permitted 2 of 4 IR to score…posted a 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in his first 5 bullpen appearances but issued 8 ER in 13.2 IP in his final 5 games in relief…worked 3.0+ IP 6 times in relief with 3 outings of 4.0 IP…earned wins on 6/17 at SEA and 7/5 at WAS…made his 7th career MLB start in a loss on 7/14 vs. DET (7 ER/2.0 IP)… opponents batted .333, .298 vs, LHB and .358 vs. RHB…held opposition to 2-for-15 with RISP and 2 out…was designated for assignment on 7/26 and assigned outright to Omaha on 8.2…was 2-2, 6.10 in 5 games/3 starts with the Storm Chasers the rest of the season…pitched for Team USA in 2019 WBSC Premier 12 Tournament in November.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time, setting career highs in wins (3), appearances (48), innings (75.2) and strikeouts (47)... Induced 16 groundball double plays, which were the most among Major League relievers…his total ranked fourth in franchise history by a reliever, trailing only Dan Quisenberry, who did it three times (18 GIDP in 1980, 17 in 1982 and 19 in 1983)...Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 25 of his 48 outings (52.1%), which ranked third among left-handed relievers, trailing only Milwaukee's Josh Hader (33) and Tampa Bay's Ryan Yarbrough (29)...Collected his first Major League save on May 1 at Boston, entering a 7-4 game in the 13th inning with two on, recording the final two outs...Recorded a pair of wins in an 11-day span around the All-Star break, July 10 at Minnesota (9-4) and July 21 vs. Minnesota (4-2)…the win on July 10 was his first since May 18, 2016 vs. Boston, snapping a streak of 57 appearances (one start) between victories...Also posted a 6-2 victory over Toronto on Aug. 16, tossing a scoreless fifth inning following KC's three-run rally.
Missed a large portion of the season due to two stints on the disabled list: Feb. 15-June 26 on the 60-day DL (stable lumbar vertebral fracture) and Aug. 29 to the end of the season (strained left groin) ... Made just one Major League appearance (Aug. 28 vs. Tampa Bay)...went 5-3 with a 5.40 ERA (30 ER in 50.0 IP) in 22 appearances (four starts) with Omaha, posting 50 strikeouts (9.0 K/9) and just 12 walks (2.2 BB/9) ... Placed on the 60-day DL on Feb. 15 with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture, after falling through the roof of his barn at his home in McAlester, Okla ... Began his rehab stint with Omaha on May 27…was removed from the 60-day DL on June 26 and optioned to the minors...had a 12.21 ERA (19 ER in 14.0 IP) during his month-long rehab assignment ... Pitched to a 2.75 ERA (11 ER in 36.0 IP) with Omaha after being reinstated from the DL, including eight relief appearances from June 30-July 29 and four starts in August.
Made 36 Major League appearances - including one start, going 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA (16 ER in 55.1 IP)...Appeared in nine games (four starts) at Omaha (AAA), going 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA (8 ER in 23.2 IP) with 28 strikeouts (10.6 SO/9 IP)...Had two stints with the Royals from May 6-28 and from June 15 through the end of the season...Recorded his first Major League win in Game 1 of a doubleheader on May 18 vs. Boston, retiring the only batter he faced on five pitches to end the sixth inning...Collected a 4.91 ERA (4 ER in 7.1 IP) and a .208 opponents' average (5-for-24) during his first stint in the big leagues...Following his second recall on June 15, he posted a 2.25 ERA (12 ER in 48.0 IP) and .196 opponents' average (33-for-168) over 31 outings (one start)...Ranked sixth among American League relievers with a .186 opponents' average (34-for-183)...Worked a career-high 5.0 innings on June 24 vs. Houston, allowing one run on two hits...became the first Royal to allow two-or-fewer hits in at least 5.0 innings of relief since Todd Wellemeyer on Aug. 13, 2006…also matched a career-high with five strikeouts...Made his only start July 19 vs. Cleveland and took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings...Recorded 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings over 10 outings from Aug. 10-Sept. 6, a stretch in which he allowed just four hits in 35 at-bats (.114)...Allowed three runs in 2.0 innings in his last appearance of the season on Sept. 30 vs. Cleveland…the three runs allowed matched his run total from his previous 18 outings combined, a stretch in which he pitched to a 0.45 ERA (1 ER in 20.0 IP).
Made one appearance for Triple-A Omaha before suffering an injury to his left lat muscle...he was placed on the 7-day disabled list on April 10...Recalled by the Royals on May 16 and transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi tear.
Brian spent a majority of the season with New Orleans (AAA), making two appearances over two stints with the Marlins...Recalled on June 27, making a three-inning relief appearance against Oakland, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits…also made a spot start for an injured Jared Cosart on August 7, suffering a 7-2 setback at Pittsburgh...Among qualifying pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, ranked 10th in ERA (4.08), tied for 11th in starts (25), 13th in innings (139.2) and tied for 21st in strikeouts (104)...Named PCL Pitcher of the Week on April 21, after tossing 7.0 shutout innings at Iowa, allowing one hit and one walk in a 1-0 triumph...Posted a 4-1 record with a 2.31 ERA (9 ER in 35.0 IP) over six starts during the month of May…Had a 5.12 ERA (40 ER in 70.1 IP) over his final 13 starts of the season.
Began third professional season with Double-A Jacksonville before being promoted to Triple-A and eventually the Major League club in Miami. At Minor League level, combined to go 7-12 with 2.63 ERA (161.0 IP/47 ER) in 27 starts. Led Pacific Coast League in ERA (2.80), ranked fourth in WHIP (1.21) and sixth in strikeouts (122). Made four starts with Jacksonville to start season, going 1-1 with 1.57 ERA (23.0/4) prior to earning promotion to New Orleans on April 26. Allowed just three walks compared to 25 strikeouts in 23.0 innings with Suns. With Jacksonville, won first decision of season on April 4 vs. Jackson. Allowed just four hits over 6.0 scoreless innings while retiring a season-high nine by strikeout. Made first career Triple-A start on April 27 at Oklahoma City, allowing four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. Held 4.53 ERA (59.2/30) and 2-6 record over first 10 starts with Zephyrs, surrendering three-or-more runs five times. Over final 13 starts, was 4-5 with a 1.49 ERA (78.1/13), allowing two-or-fewer earned runs 11 times. Despite going 3-9 prior to break, named Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star with 3.59 ERA (85.1/34). Earned PCL Pitcher of the Week honors for week of July 22-28 after going 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in two starts. Allowed just seven hits and three walks over 14.2 innings, while striking out a league-leading 16. Had contract selected by Miami on September 3 and made MLB debut against Cubs on Sept. 4. Allowed three runs on six hits (two home runs) with three walks and two strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Took loss in second start, Sept. 12 vs. Atlanta, surrendering six runs on six hits (one home run) with six walks and four strikeouts over 4.0 frames. Tossed 6.0 innings in next start, Sept. 17 at Philadelphia, taking loss after giving up six runs on 11 hits (one home run) with one walk and four strikeouts.
Opened 2012 season at Single-A Lakeland in Detroit Tigers' system, posting an 8-4 record and 3.71 ERA (102.0/42) in 18 starts. Participated in Arizona Fall League, going 1-3 with a 3.63 ERA (22.1/9) in seven starts for Phoenix Desert Dogs.