Brian began playing the guitar in fifth grade…he learned from lessons and from his dad, a guitarist and drummer that played in various bands until Brian was born…initially Brian focused on classic rock, but now enjoys a mix of music— especially reggae... He lost a Home Run Derby to Bryce Harper in Cooperstown, N.Y., when he was 11 years old…photos of the event show a “normal-sized” Brian alongside a towering Harper... Brian earned some lighthearted teasing for being late to his first two major league call ups…he was visiting family in Lehigh Valley and enjoying his favorite chicken cheesesteak when he got the call saying he was active that night for the Reds in Cincinnati…he departed Philadelphia at 5:50 p.m. and arrived to the ballpark in the 3rd or 4th inning…he was late for his next call to the big leagues as well after he wasn’t notified until an hour before a Sunday day game was set to begin... Brian owns a black cat named Baloo, but swears he’s not bad luck…he adopted it as an 8-ounce kitten last August... Ken Griffey Jr. was his favorite player growing up…he had the opportunity to meet Ken Griffey Sr. while with the Reds... Attended Rutgers University (N.J.), where he earned third team All-Conference honors as a senior.
Spent the majority of the season at the Rays’ alternate training site, making 2 stints with the Rays from August 4-5 and August 29–September 1... Appeared in 2 games at the Major League level (1 start), going 2-for-5 with a double.
Appeared in 28 games and made 9 starts (7-CF, 1-LF, 1-1B) over three stints with the Reds, his first career major league action...Made his major league debut on Aug 8 vs. CHC, entering in the 8th inning of a 12-5 loss…on Aug 10 vs. CHC, recorded his first career hit, a pinchhit single off Alec Mills in the 7th inning…on Sep 10 at SEA, hit his first career homer, a pinch-hit, go-ahead 2-run shot off Austin Adams in the 7th...Was the second Reds player since 2010 to hit his first career homer as a pinch-hitter, joining Gabby Guerrero on Sep 22, 2018 at MIA...Spent most of the season with Triple-A Louisville, where he shared the Mary E. Barney Award with Aristides Aquino as Louisville's co-Most Valuable Player…his 28 HR tied Aquino for most among Reds minor leaguers…ranked 1st with 77 RBI, 59 XBH and 236 total bases...Became the first player in Louisville history with at least 20 HR and 20 SB in a season...Only one other player in the minor leagues matched his combination of 30 2B, 28 HR and 20 SB: Luis Robert recorded 31 2B, 32 HR and 36 SB in the White Sox system...Tied for 5th in the International League in homers, tied for 6th in steals and tied for 8th in RBI...Was on Louisville's injured list from April 14-22 with lower back spasms...Named the Reds Minor League Player of the Month for May, batting .324/.378/.704 (35-for108) with 9 2B, 10 HR, 22 RBI and 7 SB...Named to the Reds Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com...Played 19 games for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League...Ranked by Baseball America as the Best Defensive First Baseman in the IL in its Best Tools survey.
Was an MiLB.com Reds Organization All-Star...at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville combined to hit .280 with 21 doubles, 6 triples, 14 HR, 59 RBI and 9 stolen bases...in his first stint at Class AAA, beginning 7/21 through the remainder of the season ranked among the International League's Top 10 in hits, runs, total bases, extra-base hits and OPS (.927)...following the season played for Estrellas Orientales and Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League...combined to make 22 apps for those teams (.179, 2 2b, 2 3b, 7rbi).
At Class A Daytona ranked fifth in the Florida State League in walks...was the Reds' Minor League Player of the Month for June (19g, 4hr, .391/.481/.688)...following the season played for the Peoria Javelinas in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.