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Brett Eibner

Brett Eibner
Eibner pitching for the Miami Marlins in 2020
Pitcher / Outfielder
Born: (1988-12-02) December 2, 1988 (age 35)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 27, 2016, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 2020, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0-0
Earned run average13.50
Strikeouts4
Batting average.191
Home runs8
Runs batted in28
Teams
Medals
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
WBSC Premier12
Silver medal – second place 2015 Tokyo Team

Brett William Eibner (born December 2, 1988) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins.

Amateur career

Eibner attended The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, and helped them win the 2006 5A state championship as a junior, with teammate Kyle Drabek. As a senior, Eibner was named 15-5A first-team all-district outfielder. Despite being drafted by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB draft, Eibner did not sign and attended the University of Arkansas.

Eibner pitching for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2009

As a freshman, Eibner led the team in RBI and had three game-winning hits. For his efforts, Eibner was named to Baseball America's Freshman All-American team in 2008.[1] The following season, Eibner was named SEC Pitcher of the Week for his complete-game one-hit shutout win against the #1 Georgia Bulldogs.[2] Eibner struggled significantly at the plate, with his average dropping to .231 and striking out 60 times. However, when the 2009 Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team reached the College World Series, Eibner hit "one of the most memorable home runs in program history" when he tied an elimination game vs Virginia in the top of the ninth with a two-run home run.[3] Eibner returned for his junior season with the Razorbacks, hitting .333 with 22 home runs. On the mound, Eibner went 3–5 in 58 innings for the Razorbacks in the regular season. In the 2010 Tempe, Arizona Super Regional, Eibner hit a game-tying home run with the Razorbacks down to their final strike, extending the game to extra innings where the Razorbacks lost in the 12th.[4] Following the 2010 season, Eibner became the fourth Razorback to be named both a freshman All-American and All-American, including teammate Zack Cox.[5] He was also a John Olerud Award Semifinalist, Second Team All-SEC, and ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-South Region player.[6]

In 2008 and 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[7][8][9]

Professional career

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals selected Eibner in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft.[10]

In 2013, Eibner played for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Double–A Texas League.[1]

Eibner batting for the Kansas City Royals in 2016 spring training

After the 2015 season, Royals added him to their 40-man roster.[11][12]

On May 26, 2016, Royals promoted Eibner to the MLB. He made his MLB debut the following night at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, going 1-for-3 and scoring a run while striking out twice in the Royals' 7–5 win over the Chicago White Sox.[13] Facing off against the White Sox on May 28, 2016, the Royals were trailing 7–1 in the 9th inning, but Eibner completed the rally with a walk-off single to win it for the Royals 8–7.

Oakland Athletics

Eibner batting for the Oakland Athletics in 2016

On July 30, 2016, the Royals traded Eibner to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Burns.[14] Eibner was designated for assignment by the Athletics on January 20, 2017.[15]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On January 25, 2017, Eibner was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, in exchange for Jordan Tarsovich[16] and assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the season.[17] The Dodgers called him up to MLB on April 19.[18] After playing in 17 games for the Dodgers, he was returned to the minors where the Dodgers attempted to convert him to a pitcher. However, he injured his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his season.[19] On September 1, 2017, he was designated for assignment[20] and released the following day.[21]

Texas Rangers

On December 22, 2017, Eibner signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.[22] He was released on March 19, 2019.

Texas AirHogs

On June 7, 2019, Eibner signed with the Texas AirHogs of the independent American Association. In 36 games he slashed .167/.310/.319 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs, he also pitched in 16 games throwing 18 innings with a 1.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

Sugar Land Skeeters

On August 30, 2019, Eibner was traded to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent following the season. He pitched in 8 games throwing 8 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 8 strikeouts.

Eastern Reyes del Tigre

In July 2020, Eibner signed on to play for the Eastern Reyes del Tigre of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift 4-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season. He pitched in 5 games throwing 5.1 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 8 strikeouts.

Miami Marlins

On August 2, 2020, the Miami Marlins purchased Eibner's contract. Eibner was selected to the major league roster on August 18 and made his MLB debut as a pitcher that night in the ninth inning against the New York Mets. On August 29, Eibner was designated for assignment by the Marlins.[23] Eibner was re-selected to the active roster on September 21. Eibner was designated for assignment a second time on September 23, after Stephen Tarpley was activated from the injured list.[24]

On April 10, 2021, Eibner re-signed with the Marlins on a minor league contract.[25] He spent the season with the Triple–A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, for whom he made 11 appearances and logged a 3.46 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 3 saves in 13.0 innings of work. Eibner elected free agency following the season on November 7.[26]

On May 1, 2023, Eibner announced his retirement from professional baseball via Instagram.[27]

References

  1. ^ a b Breece, Chris (March 29, 2013). "Former Hog Brett Eibner on Naturals 2013 Roster". Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "College Baseball: Razorbacks' Eibner Nabs Player Of Week Honor For SEC". ArkansasSports360.com. April 20, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Lawson, Zach (January 29, 2009). "Brett Eibner". University of Arkansas athletics. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Kosmider, Nick (June 14, 2010). "Maggi's home run sends ASU to College World Series". The State Press.
  5. ^ Lawson, Zach (June 17, 2010). "Cox adds NCBWA All-America honors". University of Arkansas athletics. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Arkansas Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arkansas athletics. 2011. p. 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 9, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Pawtucket, Omaha list 18 CCBL grads for Triple-A title game Tuesday in Charlotte". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "2008 Wareham Gatemen". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "2009 Wareham Gatemen". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  10. ^ The Kansas City Star (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Axford among four DFAed by Rockies". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Brett Eibner shows he can hit plenty for the Storm Chasers when healthy".
  13. ^ "CWS vs. KC - 05/27/2016". May 27, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "A's trade Burns to Royals for Eibner". WDAF-TV. Associated Press. July 30, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  15. ^ Adams, Steve (January 20, 2017). "A's Designate Brett Eibner For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "A's sign IF Rosales, deal OF Eibner to Dodgers". MLB.com. January 25, 2017. Archived from the original on January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (April 5, 2017). "OKC Dodgers Release 2017 Opening Day Roster". milb.com. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Stephen, Eric (April 19, 2017). "Brett Eibner recalled from Triple-A, Rob Segedin placed on DL". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "Dodgers' Brett Eibner: Out for year following TJ surgery". CBS Sports. August 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Stephen, Eric (September 1, 2017). "Dodgers make flurry of roster moves as rosters expand". SB Nation. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sunday's Sports Transactions". Associated Press. September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  22. ^ Adams, Steve (December 22, 2017). "Rangers Sign Tolleson, Espino, Eibner To Minor League Deals". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  23. ^ "Marlins Announce Several Roster Moves". MLB Trade Rumors. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  24. ^ "Marlins Designate Brett Eibner for Assignment".
  25. ^ "Marlins Sign Brett Eibner To Minors Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  26. ^ "2021-22 Minor League Free Agents For All 30 MLB Teams". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  27. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/CruQBzZszGe/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
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