Friday, June 26, 2015

Jeff Brannon, Really Good - 2080

The Savannah Cardinals took this August 1990 game and Jeff Brannon was a big part of that, according to The Savannah News-Press. Brannon did that by hitting two late home runs in the 4-2 win.

"Up until the sixth, we couldn't get anything going," Brannon told The News-Press. "I'm just glad to help out the team. I really haven't been thinking about hitting home runs lately."

It was the second time that year that Brannon hit two home runs in a game, The News-Press wrote, and he went on to take the league home run crown.

Brannon went on to make AA Arkansas the next season, but Brannon would get no higher. His career essentially lasted four seasons. He never made the majors.

Brannon's career began in 1989, taken in the 29th round of the draft out of Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Brannon played his first year at short-season Hamilton and rookie Johnson City. He hit .249, with two home runs and 16 stolen bases.

He moved to single-A Savannah, hitting .247, with those 18 home runs. He hit a three-run home run in a July game. His second home run of the year came in an April game. It proved the game-winner.

"It feels really good to be able to do that," Brannon told The Savannah Morning News. "I mean, how could it not?"

Brannon made AA Arkansas in 1991. He hit .281, but his home run total dropped to four. He returned there for 1992 and hit a walk-off home run in an April game, going 3 for 4 in that game.

Brannon hit .212 that year for Arkansas, with three home runs. It was his final full-time season as a pro. He returned to the field briefly at AA Shreveport in 1995, ending his career.

Brannon has since returned home to Georgia, serving as pitching coach at Pisgah Christian School Patriots in Johns Creek.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,079
Made the Majors: 909-43.7%
Never Made Majors:1,170-56.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 387
10+ Seasons in the Minors:223

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