Date of Birth: 10/09/1991
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 180 lbs
Resides: Seattle, Washington
Ryan Brett returns to Kansas City where he played the final 27 games of the 2018 Championship season for the T-Bones. Brett was a difference maker from the moment he set foot in the T-Bones clubhouse. In in his first game in a KC jersey, he went 2-for-3 with a key RBI in a 4-2 win over Grand Prairie on August 6th. Brett would come up big for Kansas City, going 24-for-61during the final 13 games of the season. That stretch was part of the run to the post season as the club clinched its first playoff spot since joining the American Association in 2011 and its first since 2009. Brett would score 14 runs over the 13-game span for KC.
The playoffs did not slow Brett down. He would go 15-for-37 in two post-season series with a home run and five RBIs, scoring six runs. After going hitless in his first playoff game against Sioux City, he would then hit in the next eight games to close out the post season. That included a six-hit night in an 11-4 win over St. Paul on September 11th in game one of the championship series and going a combined 5-for-8 in back-to-back wins over Sioux City in game two and three of the division series. For the season Brett hit .336, going 38 for 113, scoring 24 runs, driving in nine runs, and stealing seven bases in seven attempts for the T-Bones.
Brett joined the T-Bones on August 6, 2018 from the Chicago White Sox organization where he spent 10 games at AAA Charlotte in the International League but spent the bulk of 2018 at AA Birmingham in the Southern League. At AA Brett hit .265 in 47 games with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He spent 10 games with the AAA Knights and went 2-for-30 in limited action.
Brett was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 3rd round of the MLB draft in 2010 out of Highline High School in Burien, Washington. He debuted at the rookie level Gulf Coast League, playing in 27 games and hitting .303 with nine RBIs and then making the next jump up the ladder to the Appalachian League the next season with Princeton. Brett hit .300 in 64 games with three home runs and 24 RBIs, and he added 21 stolen bases.
The climb continued in 2012 where Brett played in 100 games with six home runs, driving in 35 runs with a .285 average. The following season, the Washington state native would make three stops in the Rays organization, reaching AA for the first time in his career. In the AA Southern League Brett would play in 25 games for Montgomery, hitting .238 with three homers and 16 RBIs while adding another 51 games at High A Charlotte. While with the Stone Crabs, Brett would play 51 games with four long balls and 22 RBIs, hitting at a .340 clip. His combined average of .301 earned Brett a spot in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in 2013 where he would go 8-for-52 in 16 games at Salt River.
Brett made the AA club out of spring training in 2014 and played in 107 games with the Biscuits, hitting eight home runs while knocking in 38 runs with a .303 average. His 27 stolen bases led the club and was good for second in the league. He would finish 12th at the plate in the league–just behind names like Kris Bryant (#1), Corey Seager (#2) and Micah Lamb (#6). Brett would score a team-leading 64 runs in a break-out season for the Rays organization.
In 2015 Brett opened the season at AAA Durham but was promoted to the Big Leagues on April 18th and would appear in three games, going 2-for-3. He injured his shoulder against the Boston Red Sox and spent the rest of the season at AAA. In 84 games at Durham, he would hit .247 with five homers and 30 RBIs. He missed all of 2016 following the injury and signed a minor league deal with Tampa for 2017 where he played in a combined 20 games between AAA Durham and AA Montgomery, hitting .284. Brett signed another league deal with the Texas Rangers for 2018, but he was released in spring training and then inked by the White Sox where he played that year.