Coaching/Front Office Career: Named Vice President, Pitching Development and Assistant Pitching Coach on 11/3/16. Added to the ML coaching staff as an assistant pitching coach on 7/5/16. From 7/5/16 through the end of the 2017 season, the Red Sox ranked among AL leaders in ERA (2nd, 3.64), opponent AVG (3rd, .242), WHIP (3rd, 1.23), and SO/BB ratio (2nd, 3.29). Originally hired by the Red Sox as a Professional Scout and Analyst in January 2015. Named Director of Pitching Analysis and Development on 9/9/15.\
Playing Career: Signed by the Mets as a 7th-round selection in the 2003 June Draft...Originally selected by BOS in the 45th round of the 2002 June Draft, but did not sign. Was named to the Mets' 2006 Opening Day roster and made his ML debut that season. Traded to KC in exchange for RHP Ambiorix Burgos on 12/6/06...Finished 3rd in 2007 AL Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 3.87 ERA and ranking 2nd among AL rookies in wins (12) and starts (27) and 3rd in innings (165.0). Named AL Rookie of the Month in June and August of 2007...Made at least 26 starts and threw at least 150.0 innings in each season from 2007-09. From 2007-10, ranked 2nd on the Royals in starts (108), wins (35), and innings (629.1) behind Zack Greinke. In January 2011, signed a contract to play for Japan's Yomiuri Giants...Retired in March 2011. Hit .276 (8-for-29) with 4 2B in the majors...Was 4-for-10 with 3 2B to begin his ML career.
Personal: Full name is Brian Patrick Bannister. He and his wife, Megan, have a daughter, Brynn, and a son, Atley. His father, Floyd Bannister, won 134 games in 15 ML seasons with HOU (1977-78), SEA (1979-82), CWS (1983-87), KC (1988-89), CAL (1991), and TEX (1992). His uncle, Greg Cochran, played in the NYY and OAK minor league systems...His brother, Brett, pitched in SEA's organization, and his brother, Cory, pitched at Stanford University. Graduated cum laude in 2003 from the University of Southern California with a BA from the School of Fine Arts. Has had his number retired by Chaparral High School (#15 in 2007) and by the Brooklyn Cyclones (#19 in 2006)...Won a state title with Chaparral in 1999, striking out 7 of 9 batters faced in the championship game. Was the 1st Cyclones pitcher to make his ML debut with the Mets...The team honored him with his own bobblehead on 9/6/06. An avid photographer, is the founder of Loft 19 Studios in Phoenix, AZ, a full-service photography studio complex and equipment rental house...His work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and American Photo.