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Brandon Michael Fahey

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The son of Bill Fahey, Brandon Fahey was drafted out of high school by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round of the 1999 amateur draft but did not sign. The Baltimore Orioles took him in the 32nd round of the 2000 amateur draft, but again, he declined to sign. Moving on to NCAA Division I from junior college, he hit .303/.360/.408 in 2002 and was picked by Baltimore in the 12th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Joe Almaraz and began his pro career by hitting .281/.333/.368 for the Aberdeen IronBirds.

In 2003, Fahey hit .233/.279/.288 for the Frederick Keys and returned there the next year to improve to .271/.359/.354. That led to a call-up to the Bowie Baysox, where he batted .236/.293/.293.

In a full year with Bowie, Brandon began to blossom a bit, batting .291/.349/.367 with 17 steals in 25 tries. He led the Eastern League with 22 sacrifice bunts and led EL shortstops in putouts (221), assists (413) and double plays (84). He hit .279/.402/.324 with the Ottawa Lynx to open 2006 then was called up to the Orioles, where he batted .235/.307/.307 in a utility role, mostly in left field. He played 40 games for the Orioles in [[2007 Orioles|2007], but hit only .167/.196/.222, and he played his last season in 2008, hitting .226/.252/.349 in 58 games. With Norfolk in 2007, he hit .236/.301/.324 in 91 games, followed by .252/.317/.297 in 64 games for the same club the next year.

Overall, he hit .260/.321/.330 in 609 minor league games, with 23 triples and 11 home runs. In 189 major league contests, he batted .224/.279/.307 for a 54 OPS+ with 54 runs and 36 RBI. He fielded .9634 in 81 games at SS, .957 in 61 in the outfield and 1.000 in 32 at 2B. He also played three games at third base (making one error in four chances).

Sources include 2003-2006 Baseball Almanacs, Thebaseballcube.com, Minorleaguebaseball.com

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