Brian Bixler

Brian Joseph Bixler (born October 22, 1982 in Sandusky, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bixler attended college at Eastern Michigan. Bixler also played in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League for the Delaware Cows. Bixler was Pittsburgh's second-round pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent 2004 in the short-season New York - Penn League playing for the Williamsport Crosscutters. He spent his first full profession season with the Class-A Hickory Crawdads. In 2006, Bixler played for both the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats and the Double-A Altoona Curve. He was invited to spring training by the Pirates in 2007, batting an impressive .359 with a .970 OPS. In 2007, Bixler played for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, and was named the team's most valuable player. On November 20, 2007, the Pirates purchased his contract, protecting Bixler from the Rule 5 Draft. Bixler did not make the Pirates opening day roster in 2008, but soon received a call up on April 6 when Jack Wilson was placed on the disabled list. That same day, Bixler made his major league debut against the Florida Marlins as a pinch hitter and struck...
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