The Mets did not sign their 23rd round pick in the 2010 draft. Their selection in that round, Drew Martinez, was selected again the following year in the 10th round by the Dodgers and was most recently playing Indy ball in the 2013 season.
In the 22nd round, the Mets selected Infielder Brandon Brown with the 662nd overall pick. Brandon played three seasons in the Mets organization, from 2010-2012, at three levels, but never rose above single A. This was the second time Brandon was drafted – in 2006, he was a 47th round pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but did not sign.
In 2010, Brandon reported to the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League, where he played predominantly at Shortstop, but did see some time at Third, in Left Field, and at First Base. In 47 games, he hit .209 with 0 HR and 14 RBI. He had 153 AB, scoring 12 runs and having 32 base hits. He hit 12 Doubles, stole 9 bases, walked 9 times and struck out 24 with an OBP of .262.
In 2011, Brandon was on the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League, playing mainly at second base, but did see limited action in Left, Third, and at Short. He played in 40 games and batted .303 with 6 HR and 17 RBI. He had 142 AB, score 27 runs, had 43 base hits, 5 doubles and stole 5 bases. He walked 13 times and struck out 34 with an OBP of .361.
His 2011 season earned Brandon a return to the organization for 2012, where he moved up to the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League, appearing in 73 games at Second Base and another 10 games at Third. For the season, he played 91 games and hit .222 with 5 HR and 34 RBI. He had 329 AB and scored 47 runs with 73 hits, 18 doubles, 2 triples and stole 12 bases. He walked 34 times and struck out 81 times with an OBP of .301.
Brandon was released by the Mets at the end of Spring Training on March 30th, 2013. It was later reported on April 30, 2013 that he tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. He received a 50 game suspension that would start if and when he ever signs with another team.
For his career, Brandon’s stat line reflected a batting average of .237 with 11 HR and 65 RBI. He played in 178 games and had 624 AB, scored 86 runs and had 148 hits. He hit 35 doubles, 2 triples, stole 26 bases, walked 56 times, and struck out 139 times. He had a career OBP of .305 with a career slugging percentage of .353.
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