*Brian Patrick Bannister’ was born on February 28, 1981 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. High SchoolBrian attended Chaparral High School. In his baseball career there, he was named All-Region and All-City in 1997, 1998 and 1999. *College’Brian began his college career as a walk-on at the University of Southern California. Entering as a second baseman, he made the decision to become a full-time pitcher before the start of his freshman season.
He redshirted in 2002, due to arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove impinged scar tissue in his elbow. Despite the redshirt, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2002, but did not sign. He returned to the Trojans in 2003 to play his junior year, which was also his first year as a starter.
Minor LeaguesBrian was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2003 amateur draft and.
He began his minor league career with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones.
In 2004, he was assigned to the High-A St. Lucie in the Florida State League
He was promoted to AA Binghamton following the trade of Scott Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
After the 2004 season, Brian played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.
He began the 2005 season in Double-A Binghamton, and was then promoted to AAA Norfolk.
*Major Leagues‘New York MetsBrian made his Major League debut at the age of 25, against the Washington Nationals on April 5, 2006, pitching a no-hitter for his first five and one-third innings. His first major league win came in his second start, also against Washington, on April 11, 2006. His campaign was cut short due to injury.Kansas City RoyalsOn December 5, 2006, during the MLB Winter Meetings, Brian was traded from the Mets to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Ambiorix Burgos.*Personal’Brian is a devout Christian.
He is the oldest son of former Major League All-Star pitcher Floyd Bannister, who pitched from 1977-1992 with Houston, Seattle, Chicago (AL), Kansas City, California, and Texas. His uncle, Greg Cochran, also played in the Yankees’ and Athletics’ minor league systems. His brother Brett is currently a pitcher in the Mariners’ system and his brother Cory has committed to play at Stanford in 2008.