Brett Hayes

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Brett Hayes
IMG 0180 Brett Hayes.jpg
Hayes with the Kansas City Royals
Free agent
Born: (1984-02-13) February 13, 1984 (age 33)
Pasadena, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 22, 2009, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .205
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 37
Brett Hayes
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
World University Championship
Gold medal – first place 2004 Tainan Team

Brett Gregory Hayes (born February 13, 1984) is an American professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida/Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and Cleveland Indians.

Personal life[edit]

Brett Hayes is the son of Tim Hayes, Jr., and the grandson of Tim Hayes, Sr., both professional baseball players. Tim Hayes, Jr. was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, but never appeared professionally. Tim Hayes, Sr. played professionally for the Cleveland Indians. In the fall of 2011, Brett married longtime girlfriend Elizabeth, in Minnesota.

Hayes attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and was a three-year varsity starter.


Hayes attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno. While playing for the Nevada Wolf Pack, he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year,[1] and a Freshman All-American.[2][3] He made the all-Western Athletic Conference team for three straight seasons.[4]

Minor League[edit]

Hayes played 51 games in 2007, splitting time between Jupiter and Carolina. From 2008 to 2011, Hayes played for Jupiter, Carolina, New Orleans, and Albuquerque.

Major Leagues[edit]

Hayes during his tenure with the Miami Marlins in 2011

Florida Marlins[edit]

Hayes was called up to the Florida Marlins on May 22, 2009,[5] hitting a single in his first at bat that night.[6] He hit his first major league home run off of the Washington Nationals' Víctor Gárate on September 5, 2009.[7]

After splitting the 2010 season in the major and minor leagues, Hayes played in 64 games for the Marlins in 2011, batting .231 with 5 home runs and 16 runs batted in.[8]

To open 2012, Hayes was the backup catcher behind John Buck.[9] After playing in 39 games for the Marlins, he was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans on August 12, 2012.[10][11] In those 39 games, Hayes batted .202 with three runs batted in, no home runs, and six runs scored.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

The Kansas City Royals claimed Hayes off waivers on November 2, 2012.[12] He signed a one-year, $600,000 dollar contract with the Royals on November 20, 2012.[13] His contract was selected from the Omaha Storm Chasers on August 4 when Salvador Pérez was placed on the 7-day disabled list.[14] He was designated for assignment on August 11, 2013 when Perez returned.[15] He was outrighted to Omaha on August 15.[16] His contract was selected again when the major league rosters expanded on September 1.[17] Hayes was designated for assignment by the Royals on July 28, 2014.[18]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On December 15, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.[19] The Indians purchased his contract on April 14, 2015 and added him to the active roster.[20] Hayes was designated for assignment on May 24.[21][22]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

For the 2016 season, Hayes began the season with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks AAA affiliate.[citation needed]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On June 6, 2016, Hayes was traded to Chicago for cash considerations.[citation needed]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Hayes signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on February 10, 2017.[23] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.


  1. ^ Chase, Al (May 28, 2003). "UH revival is a work in progress". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2003 Baseball America Freshman All-American Team". Baseball America. June 17, 2003. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "College '05 Preview: Western Athletic Conference". Baseball America. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nevada catcher Hayes all-WAC for third season". Elko Daily Free Press. May 31, 2005. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (May 22, 2009). "Florida Marlins: Why Did They Add A Third Catcher?". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sonnanstine, Rays rout Marlins behind hit barrage". Associated Press. May 22, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (September 6, 2009). "Pinch-hitter Hayes Blasts First Home Run". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Seidel, Jeff (5 September 2009). "Marlins in hunt, slug way to fourth straight". Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Frisaro, Joe; Hagen, Paul (March 17, 2012). "Hayes in more comfortable spot this spring". Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (August 12, 2012). "Marlins summon catcher Brantly, demote Hayes". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ Frisaro, Joe (August 12, 2012). "Marlins recall Brantly, option Hayes". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kagael, Dick (November 2, 2012). "Royals claim righty Moscoso, catcher Hayes". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kaegel, Dick (20 November 2012). "Catcher Hayes signs one-year deal with Royals". via KC Royals website. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Kaegel, Dick (August 4, 2013). "Hayes called up to fill Perez's roster spot". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kagael, Dick (August 11, 2013). "Royals activate Perez; Tejada placed on disabled list". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ White, Rob (August 15, 2013). "Shaky start dooms Chasers". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ Toman, Chris (September 1, 2013). "Royals recall Bueno, Hayes from Omaha". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ Kagael, Dick (July 28, 2014). "Royals acquire Kratz, Hendriks from Blue Jays". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  19. ^ Merkin, Scott (December 15, 2014). "Indians sign 4 players to Minor League deals". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Indians promote C Brett Hayes from Columbus; designate RHP Shaun Marcum; sign RHP Jhoulys Chacin". Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  21. ^ Kruth, Cash (May 24, 2015). "Indians activate Gomes for finale with Reds". Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Indians activate catcher Gomes". Associated Press. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  23. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 10, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/10/17". Retrieved February 11, 2017. 

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