From: Queensbury, NY
Height: 6' 1
College: William & Mary
MLB Debut: July 6, 2004
2001 Baseball America 3rd Team All-American
2007 Heart and Hustle Award - Tampa Bay Rays
2011 Capital Region Hall of Fame
2012 William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame
Brendan Michael Harris...1998 graduate of Queensbury (NY) High School where he played baseball and basketball. He was a 4 year starter in baseball, where his teams won two Section II titles, had two NY State finals appearances and compiled a record of 106-14 during that span. He hit .512 with 8 HR and 51 RBIs his senior year. Brendan was a 3 year starter in basketball and led his team to the Foothills Council title in 1998. He averaged 19.5 points, 5 assists as a junior, and 23.2 points, 5 assists as a senior. Brendan was named the Glens Falls Post Star Player of the Year for both baseball and basketball in 1997 & 1998.
Brendan was a three year starter for the Tribe. He was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America after hitting .362 with 9 HR and 49 RBIs in 1999. He played for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year and was named a league all-star. Brendan had his best season as a junior, hitting .390 with 18 HR and 69 RBIs, and was named a 3rd team All-American. The Tribe won the CAA Conference Championship in 2001 and earned an NCAA berth.
Brendan played for 8 Major League seasons with six different teams. After making his debut with the Chicago Cubs, he was traded at the deadline to the Montreal Expos, and played in the final game at Olympic Stadium. His breakthrough season came in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Brendan hit .286 with 12 HR and 59 RBIs and was named the Rays Heart and Hustle Award winner. After an off season trade to the Minnesota Twins, Brendan was part of two division winning clubs, in 2009 & 2010. Over the course of his career, he played every defensive position with the exception of C and CF. He once hit HRs in consecutive days off Hall of Famers Trevor Hoffman and Greg Maddux. Brendan had a career high 12 game hit streak in 2009 and was the final batter in Metrodome history, grounding out vs. Mariano Rivera.
Brendan retired following the 2015 season. The following fall he was accepted into the MBA program at the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in May, 2018. He has worked for the LA Angels doing advanced scouting and player development, as well as working to optimize player performance by integrating data and new technology. Brendan also works closely with sports tech venture capital firm SeventySix Capital, focusing on deal sourcing, working with portfolio companies, and building out their Athlete Venture Group platform. AVG seeks to create opportunities for athletes to become tech investors and for entrepreneurs to access the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. He advises several startups within the sports tech ecosystem, using his network and domain expertise to help companies grow.
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Signed July 21, 2001.
July 31, 2004: Traded as part of a 4-team trade by the Chicago Cubs with Francis Beltran & Alex Gonzalez to the Montreal Expos. The Boston Red Sox sent Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Cubs. The Twins sent Doug Mientkiewicz to the Red Sox. The Expos sent Orlando Cabrera to the Red Sox.
July 13, 2006: Traded by the Washington Nationals with Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Gary Majewski and Daryl Thompson to the Cincinnati Reds for Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner.
January 2, 2007: Sent to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays by the Cincinnati Reds as part of a conditional deal, after the Reds claimed Josh Hamilton.
November 28, 2007: Traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with Jason Pridie and Delmon Young to the Minnesota Twins for Eduardo Morlan (minors), Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza
December 9, 2010: The Baltimore Orioles have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Brendan Harris via 5 player deal from the Minnesota Twins.
January 13, 2012: The Rockies announced that they signed infielder Brendan Harris.
November 18, 2013: The Angels agree to a contract with infielder Brendan Harris
November 30, 2014: The Dodgers agree to a minor league deal with a spring training invite with Brendan Harris
February 13, 2015: The Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with Brendan Harris