Brett Eibner

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Brett William Eibner

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Outfielder Brett Eibner began playing in the Kansas City Royals minor league system in 2011.

Eibner was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th round of the 2007 amateur draft - the same round as shortstop Darwin Barney - but did not sign a contract. He was taken by the Royals in the 2nd round of the 2010 amateur draft, right after outfielder Todd Cunningham and ahead of shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Eibner was signed by scout Lloyd Simmons for $1.25 million and made his pro debut the next summer.

Entering 2011, he was ranked the Royals' 10th-best prospect by Baseball America. He hit .213/.340/.408 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 76 games for the Kane County Cougars that year. ranked him the 14th-best Royals prospect heading into 2012 - that year, he hit .196/.299/.388 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI in 120 games for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. With the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2013, he hit .245/.330/.451 with 19 home runs and 41 RBI in 114 games and earned a spot on the Organization All-Star team. Following the pattern of advancing one minor league level each season, he began 2014 with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

He represented the United States in the 2015 Premier 12.

After making his debut with the Royals on May 27, 2016, he was the hero of the biggest 9th-inning comeback in team history the following day. The Royals were down 7-1 in the bottom of the 9th against the Chicago White Sox when David Robertson struck out Paulo Orlando to open the frame. However, Cheslor Cuthbert followed with a single and then Brett, playing DH that day, hit a double. He came in to score, then after his teammates had batted around, he was back at the plate against Tommy Kahnle with the score now tied and the bases loaded. He singled to drive in Drew Butera, capping off a seven-run rally, and giving his team an 8-7 win. He played 26 games for Kansas City, hitting .231 with 3 homers and 10 RBIs, then on July 30th was traded to the Oakland Athletics for CF Billy Burns. He played another 44 games for Oakland, but hit only .165 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Between the two teams, his overall batting line was .193/.266/.353 in 70 games, with time at all three outfield spots.

On January 25, 2017, Brett was on the move again, being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor leaguer Jordan Tarsovich.

He returned to the majors after a three-year absence in 2020, but was now a pitcher with the Miami Marlins.

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