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Russell Branyan

38-Year-Old First Baseman – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 227   DOB: 12/19/1975   BORN: Warner Robins, GA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 7th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Russell Branyan Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in March 2012.

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Branyan was released by the Yankees on Friday, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

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Russell Branyan Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 28 AAA BUF 93 408 341 63 95 44 16 2 26 79 6 2 55 113 0 6 6 .279 .382 .566 .948
2004 28 AAA RIC 11 42 28 5 5 1 0 0 1 4 1 0 13 11 0 0 1 .179 .452 .286 .738
2005 29 AAA NAS 6 20 17 4 5 5 4 0 1 3 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 .294 .400 .706 1.106
2005 29 MAJ MIL 85 242 202 23 52 23 11 0 12 31 1 0 39 80 1 0 0 .257 .378 .490 .868
2006 30 MAJ SDG 27 89 72 14 21 7 1 0 6 9 0 0 15 27 0 1 1 .292 .416 .556 .971
2006 30 MAJ TAM 64 193 169 23 34 22 10 0 12 27 2 0 19 62 1 2 2 .201 .286 .473 .760
2006  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ SDG/TAM 91 282 241 37 55 29 11 0 18 36 2 0 34 89 1 3 3 .228 .327 .498 .825
2007 31 AAA BUF 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2007 31 MAJ PHI 7 9 9 2 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 .222 .222 .889 1.111
2007 31 MAJ SDG 61 146 122 16 24 13 5 1 7 19 1 0 21 48 0 1 2 .197 .322 .426 .748
2007 31 MAJ STL 21 39 32 4 6 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 7 15 0 0 0 .188 .333 .281 .615
2007  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ PHI/SDG/STL 89 194 163 22 32 16 5 1 10 26 1 0 28 69 0 1 2 .196 .320 .423 .743
2008 32 AAA NAS 45 179 153 24 55 27 15 0 12 36 4 1 25 49 0 0 1 .359 .453 .693 1.146
2008 32 MAJ MIL 50 152 132 24 33 20 8 0 12 20 1 0 19 42 0 1 0 .250 .342 .583 .925
2009 33 MAJ SEA 116 505 431 64 108 53 21 1 31 76 2 0 58 149 1 6 9 .251 .347 .520 .867
2010 34 AA AKR 2 8 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2010 34 AAA COL 4 15 14 1 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .286 .333 .429 .762
2010 34 MAJ SEA 57 238 205 23 44 25 10 0 15 33 1 0 30 82 0 1 2 .215 .319 .483 .802
2010 34 MAJ CLE 52 190 171 24 45 19 9 0 10 24 0 0 16 49 1 1 1 .263 .328 .491 .819
2010  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ SEA/CLE 109 428 376 47 89 44 19 0 25 57 1 0 46 131 1 2 3 .237 .323 .487 .810
2011 35 MAJ ARI 31 69 62 4 13 6 5 0 1 2 0 0 7 20 0 0 0 .210 .290 .339 .629
2011 35 MAJ LAA 37 77 65 7 12 6 2 0 4 12 2 0 11 21 0 1 0 .185 .299 .400 .699
2011  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ ARI/LAA 68 146 127 11 25 12 7 0 5 14 2 0 18 41 0 1 0 .197 .295 .370 .665
2012 36 A+ TAM 3 16 12 3 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 .333 .500 .667 1.167
2012 36 AAA SCR 33 137 110 19 34 16 5 0 11 39 0 0 26 31 0 1 0 .309 .438 .655 1.093
3-Year Averages     68 146 127 11 25 12 7 0 5 14 2 0 18 41 0 1 0 .197 .295 .370 .665
Career  (View All)     1059 3,398 2,934 405 682 345 143 8 194 467 16 4 403 1,118 4 27 30 .232 .329 .485 .814

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Russell Branyan: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2011 25 2 13
2010 51 53
2009 116

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Russell Branyan Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 28 AAA BUF 408 341 13.5% 27.7% 0.49 67% .342 .287
2004 28 AAA RIC 42 28 31% 26.2% 1.18 61% .250 .107
2005 29 AAA NAS 20 17 15% 40% 0.38 53% .500 .412
2005 29 MAJ MIL 242 202 16.1% 33.1% 0.49 60% .364 .233
2006 30 MAJ SDG 89 72 16.9% 30.3% 0.56 63% .385 .264
2006 30 MAJ TAM 193 169 9.8% 32.1% 0.31 63% .232 .272
2006  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ SDG/TAM 282 241 12.1% 31.6% 0.38 63% .276 .270
2007 31 AAA BUF 4 4 0% 75% 0.00 25% .000 .000
2007 31 MAJ PHI 9 9 0% 66.7% 0.00 33% .000 .667
2007 31 MAJ SDG 146 122 14.4% 32.9% 0.44 61% .254 .229
2007 31 MAJ STL 39 32 17.9% 38.5% 0.47 53% .313 .093
2007  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ PHI/SDG/STL 194 163 14.4% 35.6% 0.41 58% .262 .227
2008 32 AAA NAS 179 153 14% 27.4% 0.51 68% .467 .334
2008 32 MAJ MIL 152 132 12.5% 27.6% 0.45 68% .269 .333
2009 33 MAJ SEA 505 431 11.5% 29.5% 0.39 65% .307 .269
2010 34 AA AKR 8 8 0% 25% 0.00 75% .333 .000
2010 34 AAA COL 15 14 6.7% 13.3% 0.50 86% .333 .143
2010 34 MAJ SEA 238 205 12.6% 34.5% 0.37 60% .269 .268
2010 34 MAJ CLE 190 171 8.4% 25.8% 0.33 71% .313 .228
2010  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ SEA/CLE 428 376 10.7% 30.6% 0.35 65% .291 .250
2011 35 MAJ ARI 69 62 10.1% 29% 0.35 68% .293 .129
2011 35 MAJ LAA 77 65 14.3% 27.3% 0.52 68% .200 .215
2011  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ ARI/LAA 146 127 12.3% 28.1% 0.44 68% .247 .173
2012 36 A+ TAM 16 12 25% 18.8% 1.33 75% .375 .334
2012 36 AAA SCR 137 110 19% 22.6% 0.84 72% .338 .346
3-Year Averages     146 127 12.3% 28.1% 0.44 68% .247 .173
Career     3,398 2,934 11.9% 32.9% 0.36 62% .301 .253

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Russell Branyan: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Yankees released Branyan (back) from his minor league contract Friday, only to sign him to another one after, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

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Branyan (back) remains sidelined at Yankees camp, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

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Branyan sat out Wednesday due to lower-back tightness and spasms, the Yankees' official site reports.

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Branyan signed a minor league deal with the Yankees Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS sports reports.

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Branyan is getting a rare start Thursday, the Angels' official site reports.

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Branyan will start at first for the Angels on Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

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Branyan did not start against the Royals on Tuesday, but he did go 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.

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Branyan will serve as the Angels' DH against the Twins on Friday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

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Branyan made the final out of the game in his season debut for the Angels on Thursday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2012

Branyan finished 2011 with the Angels after being released by the Diamondbacks in June. He appeared in 68 games and posted just a .665 OPS, so his days of being a regular player are likely over. Still, given Branyan’s 194 career major league home runs, he could wind up on a team looking for some left-handed pop off the bench.

2011

Desperate for any sort of power, the Mariners traded for Branyan in June after failing to re-sign him last offseason. Despite playing in only 57 games with Seattle, Branyan led the club in homers with 15 and finished the season as the only Mariner with an OPS north of .800. A gimpy back continued to be a problem, though, and Branyan's year ended in mid-September. His history of back troubles makes him a risky free-agent acquisition, but as Branyan showed last season with 25 homers in 109 games between Cleveland and Seattle, when he's healthy, he can still bomb them.

2010

After a career of mostly platooning, Branyan proved his worth as an everyday starter last season, providing a nice value for both the Mariners and fantasy owners. He missed the last month of the season with a back injury but still finished fifth among AL first basemen in home runs with a career-high 31. Branyan kept his batting average over .300 through the first three months thanks to a near .400 BABIP well into summer. Predictably, his average dropped as his luck turned, but settled at an acceptable .251. Strikeouts will always be an issue, but if Branyan gets everyday at-bats again, his power should pay off for fantasy teams.

2009

Branyan helped save the Brewers' season after he was called up in late May to platoon with a struggling Bill Hall at third base. He had a tremendous June before tailing off in July and eventually missing the rest of the season with a rib injury. He's useful in a platoon situation, but he's also prone to long cold streaks. Nobody can question his power, as Branyan has gone deep once in every 15 at-bats over his career, but that is offset by a strikeout in every 2.5 at-bats. He signed a one-year deal with Seattle in December, where he should be in the mix for playing time, likely as part of a platoon at first base in 2009.

2008

In 89 games with Philadelphia, San Diego and St. Louis last season, Branyan hit .196 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. He's good for the occasional home run, but he struck out a staggering 69 times in just 163 at-bats. He'll try to catch on somewhere as a backup corner infielder.

2007

Branyan split his 2006 season between the Devil Rays and Padres and lived up to his reputation as a boom or bust hitter (18 HR and 89 K in 241 AB). He's not a good defensive player, which cost him some playing time in 2006 and will likely do so again in 2007. Youngster Kevin Kouzmanoff is the leading contender to start at third base for the Padres in 2007, so Branyan is a veteran insurance policy.

2006

When healthy in 2005, Branyan was adequate as the left side of a third-base platoon, hitting 12 HR with an .868 OPS. The Corey Koskie trade made him expendable; he'll try to catch on with the Devil Rays in the spring.

2005

Branyan's all or nothing approach at the plate actually suits the power starved Brewers just fine. GM Doug Melvin has made it clear that he'd like to sign a top free agent to play third base but that doesn't look likely. Branyan will only need to hold off Wes Helms for the starting third base job this spring and could be a fantasy bargain if you are looking for power.

2004

After seeing his season cut short by shoulder and ankle injuries, Branyan didn't even provide Rob Deer Fan Club members much satisfaction in 2003. The window on Branyan's career span may be running short, as he's reaching arbitration-eligible status and thus becoming too expensive for teams waiting for him to cash in on his eternal power potential.

2003

Branyan remains a feast or famine hitter, having struck out in over a third of his career major league at bats. When you own Branyan, you know you're driving a bit of a Faustian bargain – you'll get some power, but you'll also get an awful batting average to go along with it. Branyan had surgery in early December to repair a torn labrum, so his power might not be there in 2003, at least during the first half of the season.