Brandon Laird

Brandon Laird

Brandon Laird
Free agent
Third baseman
Born: (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 26)
Cypress, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 22, 2011 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .197
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 16
Teams

Brandon J. Laird (born September 11, 1987) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. Previously, he played for the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.

Career

High school and college

Laird attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to attend Cypress College. Laird was drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed with the Yankees.

Minor leagues

On August 2, 2010, Laird was promoted from Double A Trenton Thunder to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.[1] Following the 2010 season, he was added to the Yankees' 40 man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[2]

Laird was named both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year of the Eastern League in 2010, following a breakout season.[3]

Laird was awarded the 2011 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award along with teammate Austin Krum on September 29, 2011.

Major leagues

Laird was promoted to the majors for the first time on July 18, 2011, when Ramiro Peña was placed on the disabled list.[4]

On Friday July 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium, Laird made his Major League debut, and got his first Major League hit and RBI against Oakland Athletics pitcher Craig Breslow on a single to center field. He scored his first run earlier in the game, scoring on a single by Nick Swisher after working a walk off of A's pitcher Joey Devine.

The Yankees designated Laird for assignment on August 27, 2012.[5] He was claimed by the Astros on September 1, 2012.

Laird started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks. The Astros promoted Laird to the big leagues on April 18, 2013, after Brett Wallace was optioned to Oklahoma City. Laird had been hitting .353 in 12 games to earn his promotion.[6] He was outrighted off the roster on October 2, 2013. After he got outrighted of the Astros roster, and according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page, he became a free agent on October 4, 2013.

Personal

Brandon's brother, Gerald, is a catcher for the Atlanta Braves.[7]

Controversy

In December 2009 Laird and his brother were arrested following a drunken brawl at US Airways Center during a Phoenix SunsBoston Celtics game.[8][9] Witnesses said the brothers had been cautioned by security guards when they arrived, because they were already intoxicated.[9] Officers said Brandon Laird shouted derogatory remarks towards women, and then swung at one of the women.[9] He was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.[9]

References

External links

Baseball portal
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Yankees prospect Brandon Laird shows major signs of progress / New Jersey Star Ledger