Brian Ulric Cornelius
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- School Southern University and A&M College
Outfielder Brian Cornelius spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues, playing from 1989 to 2000. He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1988, but opted not to sign. He was then taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 43rd round of the 1989 amateur draft.
He hit .319/.369/.399 with 11 stolen bases in 68 games his first campaign, and followed that with a 13 triple year in 1990. After a handful of ho-hum years from 1991 to 1993, he found himself in independent ball, where he hit .309/.352/.442 in 87 games for the San Antonio Tejanos. He was a strike replacement player with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1995. He took the independent world by storm in 1995 and 1996, hitting .403/.447/.666 with 20 home runs, 73 RBI and 23 stolen bases for the Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs the former campaign and .388/.443/.638 with 18 home runs and 15 steals for the same club the latter. Between three teams in 1997, Cornelius batted .320/.389/.486 with 11 home runs. In 1998, he batted .322/.376/.500 with another 11 dingers for the Bridgeport Bluefish(he had been the first player ever signed to a contract by the Bluefish). He finished 1998 with the Mercuries Tigers in Taiwan, hitting .353/.380/.491 in 28 games. He hit .304/.350/.395 for the Tigers in 1999. He had a down year in 2000, then he had one last hurrah in 2001, hitting .315/.380/.502 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI for the Les Capitales de Quebec, before seeing his average slip to .297 in 2002, his final year.
Between all his stops in the minors and indies, he batted .302/.359/.453 with 125 home runs and 712 RBI in 1,181 games.