Brian Glen Banks and wife, Tarrah, reside in Mesa, AZ.
was scouted and signed by Kevin Christman (Brewers).
graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa in 1989, where he was a member of the school's
baseball, basketball, football and track teams... was Arizona's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior... was a three-time all-league and all-state selection.
attended Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-America and a two-time all-Western
Athletic Conference selection... began his collegiate career as a catcher before being shifted to the outfield... served his two-year Mormon mission in Seattle in 1991-1992.
enjoys golf and water skiing.
played a total of 150 games on the season, 130 at AAA Calgary and 20 with the Marlins, following his
September 1 callup... hit .310 with 38 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs and 89 RBI with the Cannons and .321 with one double, one homer and four RBI with Florida.
played five games (four starts) in RF, three games (one start) in LF, and one game each at first and third base.
made his Marlins debut in Game 1 of a September 3 DH at New York and struck out as an 11th inning PH, his first Major League at-bat since October 3, 1999 vs. CIN (with MIL)... in Game 2, singled as an 8th inning PH for Preston Wilson, his first Major League hit since October 2, 1999 vs. CIN (1x4).
made his first Marlins start on September 10 (Game 2 of DH) at Philadelphia, playing RF, and went 0x3.
hit in four of his five starts: September 20 at Atlanta (1x4, RBI), September 22 at Atlanta (1x3), September 27 vs. Philadelphia (2x4, HR, 2 RBI) and September 28 vs. Philadelphia (1x1, 2B)... hit .333 (5x15) in his starts.
collected his first Marlins RBI on September 20 at Atlanta and notched his first Florida home run, first multi-hit game and first multi-RBI game on September 27 vs. the Phillies... was his first Major League homer since September 2, 1999 vs. St. Louis, his first multi-hit game since September 15, 1999 at St. Louis and first multi-RBI game since
September 18, 1999 at Chicago.
ended the season hitting in five of his last seven games (.400, 6x15), including a season-high three-game hitting streak, from September 20-22 (.375, 3x8).
suffered a left ankle sprain on September 28 vs. Philadelphia and missed the season finale the following day.
ranked 4th in the PCL in doubles and was third with a .410 on-base percentage... ended his AAA season on a three-game hitting streak (.583, 7x12, 2 2B, 4 RBI).
with the Cannons, played 67 games at first base, 31 in left field, nine games as catcher, eight games in right field, four games in center field and one game at third base... hit .361 (26x72) vs. LHP and .300 (110x367) vs. RHP.
collected 32 multi-hit games at AAA, including a season-high four hits on May 27 at Iowa... notched 25
multi-RBI games, with a season-best four on July 23 vs. Portland.
posted a season-best 13-game hitting streak, from April 9-22... batted .457 (16x35) with three homers and eight RBI over that span.
hit over .300 in three of the season's first four months, notching a .301 mark in April, a .322 average in May and a .367 average in July... hit .297 in June... named PCL Player of the Week for July 1-7 (.632 BA, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and was the Marlins' Organizational Player for the month of July.
played for Culiacan in the Mexican League in the offseason, hitting .235 with 13 HR and 43 RBI in 64 games.
spent most of the season with Milwaukee, hitting .242 with five homers and 22 RBI... appeared in 44 games at first base (21 starts), 40 games behind the plate (22 starts), four games in left and one game in right.
established career highs in almost every offensive category, including games played (105), at-bats (219), runs (34), hits (53), doubles (7), triples (1), home runs (5), RBI (22) and stolen bases (6).
collected a career-high six-game hitting streak, from May 12-18... hit .500 with a home run and three RBI over the streak that increased his batting average 164 points... hit .313 with a home run and five RBI in May.
had a .982 fielding percentage as a catcher, committing 3 errors in 165 total chances ... threw out one of 28 baserunners attempting to steal.
collected a career-high four hits in four at-bats on August 19 at Houston.
was outrighted to AAA Louisville on August 20 and played in six games (.208, HR, 6 RBI) before having his
contract purchased by the Brewers on August 30.
made four stays on the Brewers' roster and hit .292 with one home run and five RBI in 24 games... recalled from AAA Louisville on May 8 and was optioned back on May 13... recalled from Louisville on June 13 and was optioned again on July 12... saw his third trip with the Brewers in an August 7 recall and was optioned on August 16... recalled for the remainder of the season on September 12.
hit his lone homer of the season off Houston's Mike Hampton on August 10, a two-run pinch-hit shot.
made his Major League catching debut June 16 vs. the Cubs at County Stadium in a season where he played a career-high four different positions (five games at catcher, two games at first base and third base and one game in the outfield).
split the season between AAA Tucson and Milwaukee, appearing in 126 overall games, including 28 with the Brewers... after opening the season with the Toros, recalled on April 14... optioned back to AAA on April 24 and rejoined the Major League Club for the remiander of the season on August 7.
with the Brewers, then an American League Club, saw action at first base, third base, left and right field, batting .206 in 28 games.
hit his only big league homer of the season on August 10, a grand slam off Oakland's Jimmy Haynes, and drove in a career-high five runs in the contest.
after spending the majority of the season with AAA New Orleans, made his Major League debut with the Brewers... called up to the Brewers on September 3 and made his debut on September 9 at Boston and struck out in the ninth inning.
collected his first Major League hit on September 25 at the New York Yankees, a double off David Weathers.
went 3x4 with a double, home run and two RBI in the Brewers' final game of the season on September 29 at Detroit... was his first Major League home run, off Justin Thompson in the fourth inning.