Bryce Everett Brentz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School Middle Tennessee State University
- High School South Doyle High School
- Debut September 17, 2014
Brentz hit .417 in high school and was All-State as a senior. The Cleveland Indians took him in the 30th round of the 2007 amateur draft but he opted for college. As a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, Brentz hit .329 with 18 homers and 68 RBI, playing almost exclusively DH. Asa pitcher, he had a 1-0, 2.20 record with a .178 opponent average. He was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. Collegiate Baseball picked him as a Freshman All-American.
In 2009, the sophomore fell to 5-3, 4.57 on the hill but hit .465/.535/.930 with 28 home runs, 79 runs and 73 RBI. He led NCAA Division I in average and slugging (.068 over the runner-up Devon Dageford), was 4th in OBP, tied Kent Matthes for the home run lead, tied for 31st (with Dustin Ackley among others) in RBI, tied for 10th in runs, was third in hits (behind Ackley and Braeden Riley), led in total bases (214, 11 over Ackley), He was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball named him as the All-American utility man. The American Baseball Coaches Association also picked him first-team, but as an outfielder.
Bryce hit .366 for Team USA's college edition in the summer of 2009. His junior year was marred by injury and he fell to .348 with 15 homers and a .636 slugging. He was All-Sun Belt again.
The Boston Red Sox chose Brentz 36th overall in the 2010 amateur draft; the pick was compensation for the loss of Billy Wagner (as was their earlier selection of Kolbrin Vitek). He was the second highest pick in Middle Tennessee State annals, following Dewon Brazelton. Scouted by Danny Watkins, he signed quickly for a reported $889,000 and was sent to the Lowell Spinners, where he was 1 for 11 with a walk, 4 whiffs and two RBI in their first three games. He had one error in right field. He finished that first season hitting only .198 with 5 homers and 38 RBI in 69 games.
However, after that disappointing professional debut, Brentz quickly moved up the Red Sox organizational ladder. In 2011, he had a very good season for two Class A team, the Greenville Drive and the Salem Red Sox, hitting for a combined .306 with 25 doubles, 30 homers and 94 RBI. He started off red hot, hitting .359 in 40 games in the South Atlantic League before being promoted on May 21st. In 2012, he continued to distinguish himself as a top prospect, with 122 games with the Portland Sea Dogs of the AA Eastern League, hitting ,296 with 17 homers and 76 RBI as the team's right fielder. He also played in AAA for the first time, but was only 2 for 17 in 5 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Heading into 2013, Brentz was invited to the Red Sox's spring training as a non-roster player. While he stood little chance to make the team, he was clearly someone the team was looking at as a future major leaguer. However, he almost destroyed all of that with an unfortunate incident in January of that year, when he accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a handgun at home; the bullet went straight through the leg without hitting a bone, and Brentz was lucky that the damage was relatively minor, although it cost him a chance to join the big league team in camp. Brentz is an avid hunter, both with guns and a bow and arrow.