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Brandon Downes

190 lbs.
South Plainfield, N.J.
South Plainfield
High School
Brandon Downes - Baseball - Virginia Cavaliers

Selected by Kansas City Royals in seventh round (213th overall) in 2014 MLB Draft
Named to College World Series and Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Teams
Batted .327 (16-for-49) in NCAA tournament
Was 8-for-27 (.296) in CWS and had hits in each of final five games
Batted .357 (5-for-14) with pair of doubles, three RBI in CWS Finals
Recorded pair of outfield assists in CWS, including critical throw to third base for first out of 12th inning in win over TCU (6/17)
Was 6-for-13 (.462) in super regional
Tied for seventh in ACC with seven home runs
Hit 2-run homer against FSU in ACC tournament
Cranked solo HR on first pitch of 10th inning in win at VCU (4/22)
Hit decisive 2-run home run in 3-2 series-opening win against UNC (4/18); was 3-for-9 with three RBI in series
Went 3-for-10 with two doubles and pair of RBI in Pitt series
Went 3-for-5 with home run in Game 2 at Miami (3/23); 3-for-12 in series
Started 59 consecutive games in center field, including 18 in 2014, before sitting out midweek games on March 19-20
Hit two home runs off ECU ace Jeff Hoffman for his first career multi-HR game (2/21)
Homered as part of three-hit day at William & Mary (2/19)

Started and played in 61 of UVa’s 62 games, with 59 coming from cleanup slot in batting order
Started 60 games in center field; also made six appearances, including one start, at catcher
Was an extra-base hit machine, recording 37 extra-base hits (20 2B, 7 3B, 10 HR)
Tied for sixth nationally in triples (7) and 10th in runs (67)
Ranked first in ACC in triples, third in runs, fifth in total bases (144), sixth in doubles (20) and slugging (.569) and seventh in RBI (59) and home runs (10)
In UVa single-season annals, he tied for third with seven triples, ranked third in runs, fifth in total bases, seventh with 20 doubles and ninth in RBI
Team leader with 27 multiple-hit games and 80 hits
Reached base safely in 55 of his 61 games
Went 4-for-12 in NCAA regional; scored three times in championship game
Was 2-for-13 in ACC tournament; hit solo home run in win over Georgia Tech (5/23)
Was 5-for-16 with four RBI in UNC series; hit solo HR in game 2
Was 6-for-14 with four RBI in Duke series
Went 4-for-15 with two doubles, triple in Virginia Tech series
Went 5-for-16 with three doubles, four RBI in Wake series
Was 4-for-12 with five RBI in Miami series; hit homer and drove in career-high five runs in opener
Was 3-for-10 in NC State series; homered in second game
Also hit home runs against Saint Peter’s, Toledo and George Washington

Appeared in 34 games, starting 26 (four at DH, 21 in CF and one in RF)
Started UVa’s last 20 games (UVa was 15-5 in those games)
Suffered broken hand March 6 after getting hit by pitch at James Madison, but returned April 4 for the next JMU game
Recorded hits in 16 of last 21 games
Had .419 on base percentage
Made first career appearance against Coastal Carolina (2/18)
Started first game of his career at DH in win against Monmouth, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, triple, three runs and four RBI (2/26)
Doubled, tripled and drove in four runs at JMU (3/6)
Went 3-for-3, including a double, with three runs off bench in final game against North Carolina (4/15)
Had hits in all three games of Miami series (4/28-30); also scored four runs
Went 3-for-7 with three RBI in GT series; hit first college HR in Game 1
Was 4-for-12 in Maryland series (5/17-19), with two hits in Games 1 and 3
Went 3-for-12 in ACC tournament, recording one hit in each of Virginia’s three games (5/24-26)
Had three hits in NCAA tournament opener against Army (6/1)

Selected by Boston Red Sox in 43rd round of 2011 MLB Draft
Holds seven school career records and three single-season records
Finished one home run shy of state record with 15 home runs his junior year
Won All-Division Award in 2010
Named to All-State First Team in 2010
Middlesex County Player of the Year in 2010
Awarded Best Athletic Performance in New Jersey by ESPN Rise Magazine
Named 2011 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-American First Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Selected as New Jersey representative for Baseball’s Best in all 50 States by Max PREP
Named to Rawlings and Perfect Game USA Pre-Season All-Regional First Team in 2011
Named Rawlings Pre-Season Senior High School All-American in 2011
Named to Pre-Season National All American Second Team in 2011
Named to Pre-Season North East Regional First Team in 2011
Named one of ESPN Rise Magazine’s April 2011 All-State Baseball Top-10 Positional Players
UNICO National District X’s 2011 Annual “Brian Piccolo Sports Award” in 2011
Great Middlesex Conferenced Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2011
Named to GMC All-White Division and All-Conference Teams in 2011
Named to All-Area First Team by Home News Tribune, Courier News and Star-Ledger in 2010 and 2011
New Jersey All-State Senior Game Selection in 2011
GMC All-Star in 2011
Named to All-District 2 First Team by National High School Baseball Coaches
Only player to ever hit for the cycle in SPHS history
Member of National Society of High School Scholars and a nominee for both People to People (2010) and National Young Leaders Conference (2009)
Coached by Anthony Guida at SPHS
Also played football for four years (QB/DB)

Parents are Michael and Kathleen Downes
Hs a brother, Michael, and sister, Kelly
Sister is senior on Drexel softball team