Vice President / Pitching Development & Assistant Pitching Coach
The 2019 season will be Brian Bannister's fifth in the Red Sox organization. Originally hired as a Professional Scout and Analyst in January 2015, he was named Director of Pitching Analysis and Development on September 9 of that year. The former pitcher was added to the major league coaching staff as an assistant pitching coach on July 5, 2016, and on November 3, 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Pitching Development and Assistant Pitching Coach.
Bannister was selected by the Red Sox in the 2002 June Draft, but he would not begin his professional career until a year later when he signed with the New York Mets as a seventh-round selection. He was named to the Mets' 2006 Opening Day roster and made his major league debut that season. After being traded to the Kansas City Royals in December 2006, Bannister finished third in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 behind Dustin Pedroia and Delmon Young, earning one first-place vote. That season, the right-hander earned 12 wins and posted a 3.87 ERA, earning AL Rookie of the Month honors in both June and August. He made at least 26 starts and threw 150.0 or more innings for the Royals in each season from 2007-10 before retiring in March 2011.
Bannister graduated cum laude in 2003 from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree from the School of Fine Arts. He had his uniform number retired by Chaparral High School (#15 in 2007) and by the Brooklyn Cyclones (#19 in 2006). His father, Floyd Bannister, won 134 games in 15 major league seasons from 1977-92; his uncle, Greg Cochran, played in the Yankees and A's minor league systems; his brother, Brett, pitched in the Mariners organization; and his brother, Cory, pitched at Stanford University.
An avid photographer, he is the founder of Loft 19 Studios in Phoenix, AZ, a full-service photography studio complex and equipment rental house. His work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and American Photo.
Bannister and his wife, Megan, have a daughter, Brynn, and a son, Atley.