Overview — Slated to be the team’s number two starter after three outstanding years at UCLA … A true leader among the pitchers … Throws in the 88-92 mph range … “We’re counting on him to have another solid year. We expect him to perform like a senior and have his best year at UCLA. If he does, that will be saying something because he’s had some good years here,” said Head Coach Gary Adams … Throws a great curveball, a lively fastball, a good changeup and even a slider which can be his best pitch on some days … “He’s pointed towards this year to make a statement, ending his senior year with a quality, solid season for us to win and to elevate himself in draft status. Jon could be a #1 starter on any team in America,” said Assistant Coach Gary Adcock.
2000 (As A Junior) — Began the year in the starting rotation, but was moved to the bullpen and provided the Bruins with outstanding middle relief performances … Received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors for the second year in a row … His 60 strikeouts was fifth on the team … Was second on the team with 22 appearances.
Notes: Earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for the week of May 15-22 for his performances vs. Arizona and at Stanford … Pitched four scoreless innings against Arizona, picking up his sixth win of the year in the 8-5 game … Pitched three perfect innings to pick up his seventh victory and help the Bruins clinch a share of the Pac-10 title at Stanford on May 19 … Picked up wins in his last three regular season relief appearances, all against Pac-10 opponents.
Inside the numbers: Made three appearances in relief in the post-season … Two were against Oklahoma in the Oklahoma City Regional where he earned the first save of his career, pitching an inning and a third without allowing a hit or a run and held the Sooners at bay while the Bruins extended a one-run lead into a 10-5 victory on May 27 … Pitched a scoreless ninth inning vs. Oklahoma in the regional title clincher for UCLA on May 28 … Earned victories in back-to-back relief appearances, the first against Bradley on March 11, allowing just one run on eight hits and striking out a season-high seven batters in 5.2 innings … Second victory came in the first game of a doubleheader with Harvard on March 18, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out five … During a stretch of 10.1 innings in relief, allowed just one earned run, March 11 and 18 (game one) … In his first start of the season, allowed only one earned run in five innings while striking out six in the 10-3 win at Hawaii on February 4 … Pitched six innings and allowed only one run on one hit to pick up the win in the 8-7 victory over California on May 7.
1999 (Summer) -- Was one of three Bruins (Bill Scott, Josh Karp) to make USA Baseball's summer team ... Pitched for the team throughout its USWest Red, White, and Blue tour from June through August ... In limited duty Brandt posted a 1-2 mark with a 7.12 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.
1999 (As A Sophomore) - Served as the team's No. 1 starter for most of the season before going down with a shoulder injury in April ... Appeared in 21 games, starting a team-high 17 (fourth in conference) ... Also led the team with 109 K's (tied for fifth in conference), 107.0 IP (seventh in conference), .231 opponents' batting average (third in conference), 43 batters struck out looking (fifth in conference), and five pickoffs.
Notes: Combined with Ryan Carter to throw one of two UCLA shutouts, 1/26 at Hawaii-Hilo (second game) ... Pitched seven innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven Vulcans ... Thrust himself on the national scene with his mesmerizing seven-inning, 17-strikeout performance vs. McNeese State, 2/12 ... Struck out the side three times and set down six Cowboys in a row at one point in a losing effort ... Previous career-high was seven K's ... His 17 K's set the UCLA school record and earned him the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (2/17) award and GTE Student-Athlete of the Week accolades ... Pitched 8.1 innings at Washington on national television, 3/27 ... Made first collegiate offensive appearance vs. Cal, 4/3 ... Came in as a pinch-runner and later scored on Eric Reece's grand slam ... In the most gutsy outing of the season, Brandt endured a sore shoulder that kept him sidelined for the better part of May to throw the season's first complete game against Wichita State in front of over 5,000 partisan fans at the '99 Wichita Regional ... Scattered ten hits and four runs while striking out seven in the 4-2 loss ... Received honorable mention for the All-Pac-10 team ... Shared top pitcher honors with Josh Karp at the team's year-end banquet.
Inside The Numbers: Was one of the most improved Bruins of '99, as he lowered his ERA from 9.27 as a freshman to 4.21 as a sophomore ... In addition, opponents hit .354 against him in '98 compared to .231 in '99 ... Strikeout to walk ratio in '98 was 0.89:1 compared to 1.91:1 in '99, the best mark on the team ... Opponents stole just three bases in ten attempts against Brandt ... Did not allow an earned run in four relief appearances (7.1 IP, eight K's, zero BB) ... Was 4-0 at JRS in eight appearances ... Opponents hitting just .218 against him at home.
1998 (Summer) - Pitched for the Santa Barbara Foresters under coach Bill Pintard in the California Coastal League ...Completed seven out of nine games started ... Posted an 8-1 record with a 2.02 ERA in leading the Foresters, along with UCLA teammates Bill Scott and Wade Clark, to the State Championship ... Competed in the NBC World Series, held in Wichita, Kansas.
1998 (As A Freshman) - Began the season as the team's closer, then moved to the starting rotation before finishing the season as a long reliever ... Made 18 appearances, including four starts.
Notes: Struck out an average of 0.93 batters per inning, the best average on the team among those pitchers who threw 30 or more innings ... Did not allow an earned run in four innings and struck out seven on 2/22 against the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal. ... Pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, including All-American Jay Hood to end the game, to earn his first collegiate win on 2/08 at Georgia Tech ... Pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four on 5/06 vs. UC Santa Barbara.
1997 (Summer) - Pitched and played third base for the Palo Alto Legion Team under coach Gary MacNamara ... Posted a 9-2 record, 1.20 ERA and batted .512 ... His team finished fourth in the state.
Palo Alto Senior HS (Palo Alto, CA) - Lettered in baseball for three years as a pitcher and infielder under coach Mark Ginanni and in soccer under coach Mike Arzabal ... Baseball: Posted a 7-1 record with a 0.86 ERA his senior season ... Struck out 118 batters in 79.2 innings and pitched eight complete games his senior season ... Named as his team's MVP his junior and senior seasons ... Earned All-State honors his senior season ... Named as a Cal-Hi Sports honorable mention All-American selection his senior season ... Soccer: Named MVP of his team and earned first-team All-League honors.
Personal - Selected in the 50th round of the 1997 draft by the Seattle Mariners ... Also recruited by Stanford, California, Santa Clara and Dartmouth ...Favorite MLB team is the San Francisco Giants ... Favorite MLB player is Greg Maddux ... Majoring in Biology ... His parents are Jim and Linda Brandt ... Has an older brother Brian and an older sister, Lauren, both of whom graduated from UCLA ... Full name is Jonathan Lawrence Brandt ... Born March 31, 1979, in Stanford, Calif.