Overview — Will be competing for time in the outfield and at DH … Can be depended upon to add left-handed power in the lineup this season … Experienced, hard-nosed player … “He’s one of the toughest outs I’ve ever coached. He’s just tough to get out. He’s going to battle you,” said Head Coach Gary Adams.
2000 (Summer) — Played right field for the Minot (North Dakota) Greenheads of the Northwoods League … His .367 batting average was third in the league … Also contributed 30 RBI, 16 doubles and two home runs.
2000 - Redshirted due to a knee injury … Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 46th round of the 2000 draft, but elected to return to UCLA.
Summer (1999)- Played all three outfield positions and catcher for the Torrington Twisters of the New England Collegiate Baseball League...Led the league in triples with three and fifth in hits...Knocked in a team high 32 runs batted in...Tallied three four-hit games...Finished the summer hitting .297 with one home run....Team finished fourth in the league.
1999 (As A Junior) - Started 45 games in right, one in left, and six at DH ... Split time with Matt Pearl in right down the stretch ... Hit second 27 times, fifth twice, sixth once, and seventh 21 times.
Notes: Put together hitting streaks of ten (1/24--2/13), 13 (2/17--3/12: fourth longest on team), and 11 (3/14--4/7) while never going more than three games without a hit ... Was 3-4 with two RBI and a 2B in first Pac-10 game at Arizona, 3/12 ... Hit first home run as a Bruin vs. Arizona State, 4/18 ... Hit first triple as a Bruin vs. Stanford, 5/14 ... Came up big in his only tournament appearance, going 2-4 with two 2B, and one RBI vs. Wichita State, 5/29.
Inside The Numbers: Hit .310 (13-42) with 11 runs during 10-game hitting streak (1/24 at Hawaii -- 2/13 at Rice) ... Hit .368 (21-57) during 13-game streak (2/17 at UCSB -- 3/12 at Arizona) ... Hit .333 (14-42) during 11-game streak (3/14 at Arizona -- 4/7 at Arkansas) ... Hit safely in 42 of 47 games that he has had at least three at-bats in ... Only had five at-bats in his lone three-game hitless streak (4/13--4/17) ... Hit .320 with runners on ... Hit .312 overall (second on team) and .429 with runners in scoring position on the road ... Hit .312 in 33 nonconference games ... Had 13 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games.
1998 (As A Sophomore At Northwestern) - Batted .349 with the Wildcats ... Led the team with 21 runs scored in Big Ten action ... Was 4-8 on opening day against Northern Iowa ... Selected to the Big Ten All-Conference squad as a DH for the second consecutive season.
1997 (As A Freshman At Northwestern) - A third-team Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) ... Earned All-Big Ten third-team honors ... Hit safely in eight of his last nine games ... Tallied 23 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit games.
Hart HS - Batted .571 as a senior and .412 as a junior at Hart HS, the same HS former UCLA Bruin and current major leaguer Todd Zeile attended ... Earned All-State honors as both a junior and senior ... Played in the Bernie Milligan All-Star Game ... Helped lead his team to four league championships.
Personal - Also recruited by Notre Dame, Stanford, and Tulane ... Favorite MLB team is the San Diego Padres ... Favorite players are Tony Gwynn and Rafael Palmeiro ... Met Tommy Lasorda at a baseball convention ... History major...His parents are Steve and Nelia Baron ... Full name is Brian Bradley Baron ... Born on Sept. 12, 1978, in Panarama City, Calif.
CAREER STATISTICS (1997-98 AT NORTHWESTERN, 1999 at UCLA )