Brian Bixler

SS, Indianapolis Indians
Age: 27
Born: October 22, 1982
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 52nd overall, 2004
How Acquired: Trade (for PTBNL)
Agent: N/A


At one point in time, Bixler was the best shortstop prospect the Pirates had, and was considered to be the shortstop of the future, to take over for Jack Wilson.  Those plans changed when Bixler struggled in every call up to the majors that he saw.  In 152 career at-bats, Bixler struck out 62 times, with a .178/.238/.237 line to go with that.  His numbers at AAA haven’t been much better, with a .782 OPS in 2009 being his best season.  Bixler also struggled on defense at shortstop.

Before the 2010 season, the Pirates traded Bixler to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Jesus Brito.  Bixler was removed from the 40-man roster by Cleveland, and eventually traded back to the Pirates.  Bixler will be used as minor league depth for the Pirates this year, although he becomes eligible for minor league free agency at the end of the season, so it’s likely that he won’t be with the team for long this time around.


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2008: $390,000 in majors
2009: $404,000 in majors
2010: $400,000 in majors

Other Details:
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Signing Bonus: $670,000
MiLB Debut: 2004
MLB Debut: 4/6/2008
MiLB FA Eligible: 2010
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2007 (Removed 3/19/2010)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2008, 2009)
MLB Service Time: 0.139
2002: Summer League 1st Team All-American SS
2002: Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year
2004: Mid-American Conference Player of the Year
2004: 3rd Team College All-American SS
2006: Carolina League All-Star SS
2007: International League All-Star SS
Baseball America

2007: #7 PIT
2008: #8 PIT

June 6, 2004: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 52nd overall.
June 30, 2004: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a minor league contract with a $670,000 bonus.
November 20, 2007: Contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
January 18, 2010: Acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jesus Brito.
March 17, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
March 19, 2010: Outrighted to AAA by the Cleveland Indians.
July 12, 2010: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later. Luke Carlin was later sent from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to complete the deal.
August 4, 2010: Acquired by the Washington Nationals from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.