Brian A. Flynn
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 7", Weight 250 lb.
- School Wichita State University
- High School Owasso High School
- Debut September 4, 2013
Brian Flynn is a pitcher who began his professional career in the Miami Marlins organization and who made his major league debut with the team in 2013.
A huge man at 6' 8", 239 lb, he was selected by the Boston Red Sox out of high school in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but elected to attend Wichita State University instead. He was All-State during high school, going 9-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 70 2/3 IP. As a college freshman, he struck out 59 in 56 innings but was only 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA. He was redshirted in 2010 but did very well in the Jayhawk League that summer and Baseball America rated him as the league's #2 prospect behind Charlie Lowell. In 2011, he was 6-4 with a 4.63 ERA for Wichita State. In the 2011 amateur draft, he was a 7th round choice by the Detroit Tigers. The scout was Chris Wimmer.
Flynn made his professional debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League in 2011, going 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 57 and walking 23 in 67 2/3 innings. In 2012, he began the year with the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Florida State League where he continued to pitch well, racking up a record of 8-4, 3.71 in 18 starts. He had just been promoted to the AA Erie SeaWolves and made one start there when on July 23rd he was traded to the Marlins along fellow prospects Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly in return for P Anibal Sanchez and IF Omar Infante.
Marlins made a handful of appearances with the Marlins in both 2013 and 2014, going 0-2, 8.50 the first year and 0-1, 9.00 the second, with five of his six games coming as a starter. He spent the bulk of those two seasons in the minors. On November 28, 2014, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals, along with Reid Redmond, in return for Aaron Crow. He did not pitch in the majors in 2015, as an injury limited him to a single appearance with the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers. In 2016, he was 2-1, 3.04 in 9 games for Omaha, including 4 starts, then went 1-2, 2.60 in 36 games for the Royals, pitching 55 1/3 innings.
In February 2017, he made an early claim for the title of strangest injury of the season: as he was ready to leave for spring training, he fell through the roof of his barn in Oklahoma, resulting in a broken rib and three non-displaced fractures in his vertebrae. In spite of the serious sounding nature of those injuries, he was expected to be back in eight weeks.