Brandon Allen (baseball)

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Brandon Allen
Brandon Allen 2011.jpg
Allen with the Arizona Diamondbacks
First baseman
Born: (1986-02-12) February 12, 1986 (age 32)
Conroe, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 2012, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
Batting average.203
Home runs12
Runs batted in41
Teams

Brandon Durell Allen (born February 12, 1986) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. As of June 2017, he is the Hitting Coach for the Johnson City Cardinals.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Allen was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On July 7, 2009, he was traded from the White Sox to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Tony Peña.[1]

Allen was called up to the majors for the first time on August 22, 2009 and made his debut that day.[2] He finished the game one for four with a single. Allen would play in 32 games that season and finished with a .202 batting average, four home runs, and 14 RBIs.

After spending most of the 2010 season at Triple-A Reno, Allen was called up on September 1, 2010. In his first game against the San Diego Padres, he hit his first career grand slam. He finished the season with a .267 batting average in 22 games.

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On July 31, 2011, Allen was traded to the Oakland Athletics with Jordan Norberto for Brad Ziegler.[3] He was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

On August 23, 2011, Allen became only the second player in history to hit a home run into the upper deck at the New Yankee Stadium (Russell Branyan being the first). Later in the game he hit a shorter home run into the second deck to help the Athletics defeat the Yankees 6–5.

On April 9, 2012, Allen was designated for assignment.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On April 19, 2012, Allen was claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Allen had his first career hit as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, a two-run walk-off home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim which resulted in the Rays sweeping the series. He was again designated for assignment and was subsequently released.

Texas Rangers[edit]

In 2013, Allen signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training by the Rangers. By the end of spring training, Allen was released by the Rangers.

San Diego Padres[edit]

On April 9, 2013, Allen signed a minor league deal with the Padres. He played 2013 with Triple-A Tucson, where he was used mostly at first base, but also played in 40 games in left field. In 119 games with the Padres, he hit .267 with 17 HR, 76 RBI and 24 doubles.

New York Mets[edit]

On November 19, 2013, Allen signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets. He spent 2014 and 2015 with their AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On November 30, Allen signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.[4] on April 8, 2016 Allen had his contract purchased by the Reds. He was designated for assignment two days later without appearing in a game. He became a free agent on October 11, 2016.

Johnson City Cardinals[edit]

June 22, 2017, Allen became the Hitting Coach for the St. Louis Cardinals' Rookie Affiliate: Johnson City Cardinals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White Sox acquire Pena from D-backs
  2. ^ Brandon Allen promoted
  3. ^ http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/07/31/11/D-backs-acquire-Ziegler-to-call-up-Golds/landing_dbacks.html?blockID=543081&feedID=3702
  4. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 1, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 21-27". Baseball America. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?sid=t438

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