Brennan King (minors)
Brennan Lee King
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Oakland High School
Brennan King played at AAA three years.
King was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 1999 amateur draft, the 69th overall pick, right after John Lackey; the choice was compensation for the loss of Scott Radinsky to free agency. Marty Lamb was the scout. He hit .291/.360/.377 for the 1999 Great Falls Dodgers then slumped to .239/.333/.303 for the 2000 Yakima Bears but fielded .951 at 3B.
Brennan split 2001 between the Vero Beach Dodgers (.243/.286/.294 in 73 G) and GCL Dodgers (5 for 9, 2 2B, HR). Moving up to AA with the '02 Jacksonville Suns, he produced at a .271/.361/.372 clip with 62 runs and 63 RBI. He was one RBI shy of tying Matt Holliday, Choo Freeman, Koyie Hill, Pete LaForest and Darron Ingram for 10th in the Southern League. He led SL third basemen in fielding (.945). King hit .242/.315/.343 back with Jacksonville in 2003 and led Southern League third sackers with 223 putouts and 27 double plays.
In his third season with the Suns, he hit .277/.332/.423 with 29 doubles, 13 homers and 61 runs. He was hit by 11 pitches, tied for 6th in the SL with Prince Fielder and tied Fielder and Skip Schumaker for 8th in the SL in doubles. He led the league's third basemen with a .949 fielding percentage. The Kansas City Royals took him in the AAA phase of the 2004 Rule V Draft. In 2005, he hit .285/.335/.421 with 28 doubles for the Wichita Wranglers, tying Jason Hart for 10th in the Texas League in two-baggers. His .951 fielding percentage was tops among the league's third basemen.
Moving to the Philadelphia Phillies chain, he spent the next three years with their AAA affiliates as a starter but never got the call to the big club, each year the Phillies trying a different option at third in the majors, none with great results. Brennan's batting line was .261/.302/.440 for the 2006 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, .277/.336/.387 for the 2007 Ottawa Lynx (his 88 assists being the most of any third baseman in the 2007 IL) and .237/.274/.319 for the 2008 Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
For his career, King had hit .265/.326/.376 in 1,021 games, with 444 runs and 442 RBI. He had fielded .948 in 969 games at 3B, seeing bit action at the other infield spots.