Eric Joseph Brenk
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 188 lb.
Eric Brenk has played in the German Bundesliga.
Brenk hit .475 as a high school sophomore while posting a 5-1, 2.10 pitching record. He hit .500 as a junior and .414 as a senior, when he had a 6-3, 2.29 record. As a college sophomore, he hit .227, followed by .242 as a junior, when he missed two months with injury. He hit .268 as a senior.
Brenk, whose mother is of German descent, signed with Germany's Bad Homburg Hornets partly into 2014. He hit .395/.465/.474 in 12 games for the team. Getting a German passport, he was on the German national team in the 2014 European Championship. Starting at short, he hit .118/.250/.118 with two runs and one RBI in 7 games but handled 22 chances error-free. In 2015, he moved to the Bonn Capitals and batted .323/.425/.374 with 16 walks and 17 steals (in 18 tries) in 24 games, fielding .976; he was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.53 ERA in eight relief outings. He led the southern Bundesliga-1 in steals, steal percentage and runs (6 ahead of Mike Perrone), was second in fielding at SS (behind Perrone), tied Daniel Sanchez for 5th in hits (32) and tied Sascha Steffens for 8th in walks. In the postseason, he hit .222/.417/.259 with 8 walks in 9 games and had a 7.71 ERA in one outing as Bonn fell in the semifinals.
Eric was back with the German national team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in March 2016. He started at short against Nicaragua and went 0 for 3, drawing a walk from Samuel Estrada but then being caught stealing. Nadir Ljatifi got the nod in game 2 instead.