Thursday, April 7, 2011
2005 Bowman Heritage, Brandon Sing
#235 Brandon Sing
Here is a card that I got signed at a Wichita Wingnuts game last season. Brandon was playing for the Sioux Falls Pheasants last year and I was able to get this card signed prior to the start of the game.
Brandon was drafted by the Cubs out of high school in the 20th round of the 1999 draft. He advanced through the Cubs system slowly, not reaching AA until 2003. He didn't do so hot there, so he had to repeat high-A in 2004. With the Daytona Cubs that year, he hit a career high 32 home runs. He was bumped back up to AA the following season and he responded with 26 dingers.
2006 was split between AA and AAA and Brandon regressed that season. In 33 AAA games, Brandon had 4 home runs and a .170 average. In 85 AA games, he had only 8 home runs and a .204 average. The Cubs let him go after that season and he spent 2007 with the Orioles AA team. Since 2008, Brandon has been playing in the independent circuits, spending one season in the Atlantic League and two in the American Association.
Last season, Brandon clubbed 27 home runs for the Pheasants. The strange part about it was that he had either 22 or 23 homers at the All Star break. He took part in the home runs derby before the game and didn't do too well. Maybe the derby screwed him up just like it supposedly did for Bobby Abreu.
For those of you keeping score at home, this card is a mini.