Brett Steven Evert
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 200 lb.
- High School North Salem High School
Brett Evert spent parts of three seasons in AAA but never made the majors. He later was a scout.
Evert was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the 7th round of the 1999 amateur draft. He was 5-3 with a 2.03 ERA and .95 WHIP in his pro debut with the GCL Braves. He was second in the Gulf Coast League in ERA, .24 shy of leader Kyle Colton. He failed to make the GCL All-Star team as David Tavarez was picked as the starting pitcher. He split 2000 between the Jamestown Jammers (8-3, 3.38) and Macon Braves (1-4, 4.64). He was second in the New York-Penn League in wins, one behind Andy Beal, but also led the league with 92 hits allowed and was 6th with 52 runs allowed (23 of which were unearned).
Brett was very sharp in 2001 with Macon (1-0, 0.74 in 6 G) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-2, 2.24, with a combined .98 WHIP and 109 K to 18 BB in 108 2/3 IP. Baseball America ranked him as the 6th-best Carolina League prospect, between Chris Narveson and Bobby Bradley, and as having the best breaking pitch in the league. He easily led the Braves chain in ERA (1.74) among pitchers with 100+ IP, .85 ahead of Ben Kozlowski. Baseball America listed him as the #66 prospect in all of baseball entering 2002, between Wily Mo Pena and Juan Rivera. They also tabbed him as Atlanta's 4th-best prospect, between Kelly Johnson and Carlos Duran.
Evert struggled in 2002, though. He was 3-5 with a 3.75 ERA for the Pelicans and 5-8 with a 4.90 ERA for the Greenville Braves. He did get to bat the first time as a pro, hitting .222 for Greenville; he would always be a very good hitter for a pitcher. He led the Braves chain in losses and was among the top 5-10 in many departments, positive and negative. He did get to pitch for the US in their 5-1 loss in the 2002 Futures Game; relieving Jason Young with a 0-0 score in the second, he allowed one hit and struck out one before giving way to Aaron Cook in the third.
With Greenville in 2003, the right-hander was 4-9 with a save and a 4.02 ERA. He appeared in 2004 for Greenville (4-3, 4.07 in 22 G, 72 K in 73 G) and the AAA Richmond Braves (2-1, 7.03, 15 BB in 24 1/3 IP). Atlanta waived him and he was claimed by the Seattle Mariners but he was lit up in two games for the Tacoma Rainiers (0-2, 6.48, 10 BB in 8 1/3 IP). He opened 2005 on a bad note for Tacoma (6.75 ERA, 19 H in 13 1/3 IP) after 8 games, then was let go. He was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers and was a competent reliever for the remainder of the year, appearing for the Brevard County Manatees (0-2, 2 Sv, 5.06 in 7 G), Huntsville Stars (Sv, 2.97 in 16 G, 32 K in 30 1/3 IP) and Nashville Sounds (2-2, 4.78 in 13 G, 41 K in 32 IP). In the 2005 Pacific Coast League championship series, he picked up a win as Nashville won it all.
Brett bounced around even more in 2006, making five different stops. He pitched for the Stars (0-4, 2.65 in 14 G) and Sounds (1-1, 6.55 in 13 G) in the Brewer chain, the Portland Sea Dogs (3.27 in 9 G) and Pawtucket Red Sox (0-1, 10.38 in 1 G) in the Boston Red Sox chain and for the independent Lancaster Barnstormers (4 R in 6 IP) for one game. He finished his career with the '07 Barnstormers, going 4-8 with a 5.98 ERA and 53 walks in 84 1/3 IP. He led the Atlantic League with 14 hit batsmen.
Overall, the tall hurler was 47-58 with a 4.09 ERA in 245 games (127 starts) as a pro; he had four saves. In 881 2/3 IP, he allowed 877 hits and 323 walks while striking out 786. He hit .253/.325/.280 in 75 AB at the AA and AAA levels.