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Brian Michael Bass (born January 6, 1982) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and current pitching coach for the Stevenson University Mustangs in addition to offering private pitching instructions. He played for the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball.

Brian Bass
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Bass with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008
Born: (1982-01-06) January 6, 1982 (age 37)
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 1, 2008, for the Minnesota Twins
KBO: April 15, 2012, for the Hanwha Eagles
Last appearance
MLB: September 8, 2010, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
KBO: April 18, 2012, for the Hanwha Eagles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record9–7
Earned run average5.16
KBO statistics
Win–loss record0-1
Earned run average48.60


Playing careerEdit

Kansas City Royals (2000–2006)Edit

Bass, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 6th round (164th overall) of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft.

After signing with the Royals, Bass played for the Rookie League Gulf Coast Royals in 2000. He went 3–5 with a 3.89 ERA. Bass also made one start at the Single-A level for the Charleston Alley Cats.

In 2001, Bass played for the Single-A Burlington Bees. Making 26 starts, he had a 4.65 ERA and went 3–10; his 10 losses are still an all-time high for him. Bass played the entire 2002 season for the Bees again, improving his performance on the previous season, making 20 starts and finishing 5–7 with a 3.83 ERA.

Bass had the best season of his minor league career in 2003 while playing for the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. Making 26 starts, he went 9–8 with a 2.84 ERA. He was third on the team in wins (9), second in the team in games started (26) and innings pitched (152​13), and led the team in strikeouts with 119. On August 6, against the Winston-Salem Warthogs, Bass came within one out of a no-hitter. Baseball America named Bass as the Royals 8th best prospect.

Bass went winless in 2004 while playing for the Rookie League Arizona Royals and the Double-A Wichita Wranglers. Losing a combined 5 games, he had a 5.94 ERA in 14 starts. In 2005, while playing for the Wranglers again, Bass had a 12–8 record and a 5.24 ERA.

In 2006, Bass split the season between the Arizona Royals, the Wichita Wranglers, and the Triple-A Omaha Royals. Making a combined 15 starts in 16 games, Bass went 6–7 with a 5.70 ERA. Bass became a minor league free agent after the season.

Minnesota Twins (2007–2008)Edit

Bass, after leaving the Royals organization, signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins for the 2007 season. Bass played the entire season for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. Bass made 10 starts and 27 relief appearances, finishing the season 7–3 with a 3.48 ERA. Included in his 10 starts was a complete game shutout, the second in his career and the first since 2001. Bass became a minor league free agent after the season; but, was re-signed by the Twins to a major league contract on November 29, 2007.

Bass won a long relief role out of spring training with the Minnesota Twins. He made his major league debut on April 1 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, pitching 1.2 innings in relief in a 9–1 loss. Bass appeared in 44 games as a reliever for the Twins, going 3–4 with an ERA of 4.87 with one save before being sent outright to the minors on August 20.

Baltimore Orioles (2008–2009)Edit

He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on September 5, 2008, for a PTBNL or cash considerations.

On December 12, 2009, Bass was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles making him a free agent.

Pittsburgh Pirates (2010)Edit

On January 12, 2010, Bass signed a minor-league contract with Pittsburgh which included an invitation to spring training. He appeared in four games and was designated for assignment on September 13.[1]

Philadelphia Phillies (2011)Edit

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bass to a minor league contract after he had become a free agent following the 2010 season.[2] On January 6, 2011, the Phillies invited Bass to major league camp at spring training.[3]

Hanwha Eagles (2012)Edit

Bass signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization for the 2012 season.[4] However, he was sent to their minor leagues and released after just a few games.[5]

Houston Astros (2012)Edit

On May 27, 2012, Bass signed with the Houston Astros. He was assigned to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

Camden Riversharks (2013)Edit

In April 2013, Bass signed with the Camden Riversharks.[6] Bass retired on July 6, 2013.[7]

Coaching careerEdit

On October 9, 2013, Bass accepted the pitching coach job at Stevenson University.[8]


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  2. ^ MLB Winter Meetings, Phillies Rumors: Phillies Sign Pitcher Brian Bass
  3. ^ Phillies Spring Training: Michael Schwimer, 6 Others Get Invites
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  5. ^ Hill, Benjamin (2012-06-11). "Overseas play tricky for Minors vets". Retrieved 2012-06-13.
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