Brett Eibner

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Brett Eibner
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Eibner with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2015
Texas Rangers
Pitcher / Outfielder
Born: (1988-12-02) December 2, 1988 (age 30)
San Diego, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 27, 2016, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .191
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 28
Teams

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

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 Major League Baseball draft, Eibner did not sign and attended the University of Arkansas.

Eibner pitching for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2009
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
2015 WBSC Premier12
Silver medal – second place 2015 Tokyo Team

As a freshman, Eibner lead 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]

Professional career

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals selected Eibner in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft.[7] In 2013, Eibner played for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Class AA Texas League.[1] The Royals added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[8][9]

The Royals promoted Eibner to the major leagues on May 26, 2016. He made his 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.[10] 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

On July 30, 2016, the Royals traded Eibner to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Burns.[11] Eibner was designated for assignment by the Athletics on January 20, 2017.[12]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On January 25, 2017, Eibner was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, in exchange for Jordan Tarsovich[13] and assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the season.[14] The Dodgers called him up to the majors on April 19.[15] 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.[16]

Eibner was designated for assignment on September 1, 2017[17] and released the following day.[18]

Texas Rangers

On December 22, 2017, Eibner signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.[19]

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. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Kosmider, Nick (June 14, 2010). "Maggi's home run sends ASU to College World Series". The State Press. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ Lawson, Zach (June 17, 2010). "Cox adds NCBWA All-America honors". University of Arkansas athletics. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Arkansas Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arkansas athletics. 2011. p. 85. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article64148852.html
  8. ^ Axford among four DFAed by Rockies
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "CWS vs. KC - 05/27/2016". May 27, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "A's trade Burns to Royals for Eibner". WDAF-TV. Associated Press. July 30, 2016. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Adams, Steve (January 20, 2017). "A's Designate Brett Eibner For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "A's sign IF Rosales, deal OF Eibner to Dodgers". MLB.com. January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (April 5, 2017). "OKC Dodgers Release 2017 Opening Day Roster". milb.com. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  15. ^ Stephen, Eric (April 19, 2017). "Brett Eibner recalled from Triple-A, Rob Segedin placed on DL". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dodgers' Brett Eibner: Out for year following TJ surgery". CBS Sports. August 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  17. ^ Stephen, Eric (September 1, 2017). "Dodgers make flurry of roster moves as rosters expand". SB Nation. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  18. ^ Associated Press (September 3, 2017). "Sunday's Sports Transactions". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Adams, Steve (December 22, 2017). "Rangers Sign Tolleson, Espino, Eibner To Minor League Deals". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.

External links

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