Brandon is coming off his first career All-Star selection in 2014, hitting .234 (117-500) with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 25 home runs and 81 RBI in a career-high 147 games ... Hit .268 (86-321) with 17 2B, 21 HR and 66 RBI in 89 games during his All-Star first half before injuries slowed him in the second half...He ranked in the top 10 in the American League in home runs (T 5th, 21), RBI (6th, 66), extra-base hits (T 6th, 40) and SLG (8th, .530) at the All-Star Break and was 10th in the A.L. in RBI (76) as late as August 18th ... Appeared in 67 games at first base, 56 games in left field and 34 games in right field for the A's. Was tied with the Reds' Devin Mesoraco for the Major League lead in grand slams (3) … Marked the six th time in Oakland history and 10th time in Athletics history a player hit three or more grand slams in a season and was one short of the record of four set by Jason Giambi in 2000 (entered season with 0 career slams). Hit .197 in Oakland in 2014 comp ared to .265 on the road (72-272, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 77 G ), the lowest home average in the A.L., 3rd lowest in MLB and 3rd lowest in O akland history… Matched his career highs w/4 RS, 2 2B and 3 extra base hits on May 18 at Cleveland and was named A.L. P layer of the W eek for the week of May 12 to 18 (10-for-22; 8RS, 5 2B, 3HR, 11RBI)...Third career weekly honor...Was batting .301 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI over his first 45 games through May 21… Underwent right hip surgery (torn labrum/imp ingement) on October 23 in Nashville, TN (Dr. Thomas Byrd).
Led the A's with 30 home runs and finished second with 87 RBI despite spending most of the season in a platoon…made 106 of his 115 starts against right-handed pitching and started just three games against a lefthanded pitcher after May 12…became the 19th player (40th time) in Oakland history to hit 30 home runs…had 505 plate appearances and only Mark McGwire (39 HR in 1995, 34 in 1997) hit as many home runs with as few plate appearances…ranked sixth in the American League in slugging percentage (.522) and tied for eighth in home runs…also ranked fourth in the AL in fewest at bats per home run (14.9) and fifth in fewest at bats per RBI (5.1)…is averaging 13.94 at bats per home run over the last two years, which is the fourth best mark in the majors among batters with 750 or more plate appearances…also ranks fourth in at bats per RBI (5.12)…hit .256 in 145 games …in addition to home runs, he led the A's in slugging and strikeouts (140) and tied for the team-lead in hit by pitches (6)…had career highs in games, at bats (446), runs (73), hits (114), doubles (23), home runs, RBI, walks (50), strikeouts, stolen bases (4), hit by pitches and extra base hits (56)…batted .268 (98-for-366) with 26 of his 30 home runs against right-handed pitching, compared to .200 (16-for-80) against left-handers…has hit 58 of his 66 career home runs off right-handers… slugged .552 against righties in 2013, .388 against lefties…his 26 home runs off right-handers tied for fifth most in the AL…also tied for third in the AL in home runs with two outs (14), ranked fourth in home runs on the road (20), tied for fifth in home runs with runners on base (15), tied for sixth in homers with two strikes (11) and tied for seventh in homers at night (22)…was batting .228 with 16 home runs, 44 RBI and 93 strikeouts in 87 games at the All-Star Break…then hit .296 with 14 home runs, 43 RBI and 47 strikeouts in 58 games after the break…tied for third in the AL in home runs after the All-Star Break (14)…slugged .461 before the break, .615 after the break…grounded into just four double plays and his average of 111.5 at bats per grounded into double play was fifth best in the AL…his four GIDP tied for third fewest in Oakland history among players with 500 or more plate appearances…they were the fewest since Tony Phillips grounded into two double plays in 441 at bats in 1986…reached base on an error seven times, which tied for eighth most in the AL…swung at the first pitch 37.4% of the time, which was sixth highest in the AL … started 88 games at first base, 20 in right field, five in left field and two at designated hitter … also made the first two appearances of his career in center field and at third base…committed seven errors at first base for a .990 fielding percentage, which was the lowest mark among AL qualifiers at first base (min. 108 games)…went 1-for-16 (.063) with a double, three walks and six strikeouts as a pinch hitter…the batting average is the lowest by an A's pinch hitter with 15 or more plate appearances since Jim Holt went 0 for 17 in 1974…made a team-leading 48 starts batting fifth … also batted cleanup 42 times and started in every spot in the order except first, second and ninth.
Earned Eastern League All-Star honors in his Double-A debut, batting .268 with 31 doubles, 16 homers and 61 RBI in 135 games for Portland...ranked 2nd in the league with 87 runs scored.
OAKLAND: Matched what was then a career high with five RBI April 10 at Los Angeles (AL) after driving in four runs against the Angels the night before…went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts April 12 against Detroit, the first four-strikeout game of his career…also fanned four times April 29 against Los Angeles (AL) and May 12 at Seattle…was on the paternity list from April 16 to 18 for the birth of his second son, Brody (April 16)…hit safely in each of his first seven road games through April 20 (13-for-25, .520), giving him a 15-game road hitting streak dating back to Sept. 20, 2012…hit .463 (25-for-54) during the streak … connected for the game-ending home run in the bottom of the 19th inning April 29 against Los Angeles (AL), his third career walk-off home run…also homered in the sixth inning for his second career multi-homer game…had 12 innings between home runs to become the 17th player in Major League history to go at least 12 innings between home runs in one game…is the second Athletic to do it…Reggie Jackson also went 12 innings between home runs June 11, 1969…had four strikeouts to become the second Major Leaguer since 1916 to have at least two home runs and four strikeouts in one game … Evan Longoria did it Aug. 4, 2009 for Tampa Bay against Boston…hit .295 with 14 walks in 24 games in April for a .398 on-base percentage…added 19 RBI, which was the best single month total of his career … then batted .153 with a .262 on-base percentage in 27 games in May…had made each of his first 26 starts at first base before making eight consecutive starts as a right fielder from May 8-17 after Josh Reddick went on the DL…made his first career appearance in center field May 9 at Cleveland (also May 13 vs. Texas) … matched his career-high with four strikeouts May 12 at Seattle…made 51 of his 52 starts from May 13 to Aug. 9 in games started by a right-handed pitcher…hit the 7000th home run in Oakland history May 13 against Texas off Justin Grimm in the third inning…also connected for the 12,000th home run in Athletics franchise history June 5 at Milwaukee, a three-run homer off Michael Gonzalez in the seventh inning…had a 54-game errorless streak as a first baseman from May 18 to July 24, which is tied for 10th longest in Oakland history by a first baseman…went 3-for-36 (.083) over an 18-game stretch from May 21 to June 11 … played third base for the second time as a professional May 24 at Houston in the ninth inning…the other time was in 2002 with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League … returned to third base in the 16th inning of the A's 18-inning game against NewYork (AL) June 13…had his second two homer game of the season June 12 against New York (AL) … the two homers gave him a streak where each of his last five hits were home runs…is the sixth player in Oakland history (10th time) to do that, the first since John Jaha (June 18-20, 1999) … the others are Jackson, McGwire (five times), Canseco and Giambi…hit seven home runs in the month of June, which matched the best single month total of his career at the time (hit eight in August)…was batting .228 with 97 strikeouts over his first 89 games through July 20…had a season-best seven-game hitting streak from July 26 to Aug. 3 (10-for-27, .370)…went 13-for-33 (.394) with seven home runs and 14 RBI over a 10-game stretch from Aug. 19-29…that began a season-ending stretch where he batted .314 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 34 games…tied for the Major League lead in home runs over that span and tied for second in RBI…hit his second walk-off home run of the season Aug. 19 against Seattle … it was the fourth of his career and his third as an Athletic, which is tied for fifth most in Oakland history … is the 10th player in Oakland history with two or more walk-off home runs in one season…now has six career game-ending hits (also a double and a single)…was named American League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1 after going 8-for-22 (.364) with one double, four home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored in seven games…it was the second time he won the award (June 11-17, 2012)… started in right field Aug. 26 at Detroit after Reddick went on the DL for the second time and made 17 of his final 22 starts in outfield (12 in right field, five in left field) … homered in three consecutive games at Detroit Aug. 27-29…went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI at Detroit Aug. 28…the RBI were a career-high and the hits and home runs matched his best…had 10 RBI in the four-game series at Detroit Aug. 26-29, the A's most RBI in a series since Damian Miller had 12 in a three-game series against Cincinnati, June 7-9, 2004…batted .288 with six doubles, eight home runs and 19 RBI in 25 games in August…the home runs were fifth most in the AL in the month and were the best single month total of his career…the RBI matched his most in a month (April, 2013) … then hit .302 with nine doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI in 22 games in September … tied for third in AL in September RBI and tied for fourth in extra base hits (14) … now has a .340 (50-for-147) average with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 48 regular season games in September and October in two seasons with the A's … doubled in his final at bat of the game Sept. 11 at Minnesota to begin a season-ending streak where each of his final 11 hits were for extra bases (seven doubles, four home runs)…that is the longest single season streak in Oakland his tory and matches the longest overall streak … Eric Chavez had 11 consecutive hits for extra bases from Oct. 7, 2001 to April 14, 2002 (three doubles, one triple, seven home runs)…started all five games of the ALDS against Detroit (four at first base, one at designated hitter) and went 2-for-18 (.111) with 13 strikeouts … set a Division Series record for most strikeouts in a series, a mark he shares with Detroit's Austin Jackson, who also fanned 13 times in the same series.
CALLING ALL STARS: After hitting .209 (14-for-67) in 17 games in April, batted .308 (62-for-201) over 54 contests in May and June en route to being selected by fans to start in right field for the Northern Division All-Stars at the E.L. All-Star Game...went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the game, which was held on his home diamond of Hadlock Field.
PRIME TIME IN THE POSTSEASON: Played in all 9 Portland playoff games, going 7-for-19 (.368) with 3 doubles, a homer and 2 RBI in 5 games of the Northern Division Championship Series vs. Trenton...hit a solo homer in the deciding Game 5 to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 3rd, giving the Sea Dogs the lead for good in a 9-2 win...was 3-for-16 (.188) with a homer and an RBI in 4 games of the Eastern League Championship Series
MAY HONORS: Earned the organization's Quality Plate Appearances Award and Defensive Player of the Month Award for May...hit .304 (24-for-79) with 5 doubles, 4 homers, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and 12 walks in 23 games.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Put together a season-best 13-game hitting streak May 29-June 9, batting .420 (21-for-50) with 6 doubles, 4 homers, 11 RBI and 14 runs to lift his average to .287 from .219...in a 6-game, 4-day road series at Harrisburg June 13-16, went 12-for-27 (.444) with 3 doubles, 3 homers, 7 RBI and 11 runs...coupled with a 2-for-5 effort at Bowie the day before the series, had 6 multi-hit games in 7 contests to raise his average to .300 from .277...batted just .168 (17-for-101) in 27 games in July, and went on to hit .313 (42-for-134) in 37 games the rest of the way...batted .500 (16-for-32) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 8 runs over his final 8 regular-season contests...played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League following the season.