Surveying the minors -- Aberdeen IronBirds catcher Brian Bent

The Orioles selected catcher Brian Bent in the 44th round of the 2005 MLB draft from the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville.

Bent hit .164 (12-for-73) in 22 games for the Aberdeen IronBirds this season. He had three doubles and four RBIs, but struck out 28 times. Last season, Bent had a .172 batting average in 22 games for Aberdeen. He batted .283 with six RBIs and nine runs scored in 16 games for the Bluefield Orioles during his first professional season in 2006.


The 6-foot-2, 205-pound catcher played in junior college for two years before being drafted. Bent, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday today, attended Delaware Tech and Catonsville for one season each.

Before playing in junior college, the Ellicott City native starred for Mount St. Joseph High School. Bent played at the varsity level during all four years of high school and he was a teammate of Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd during his first two seasons with the Gaels.


As a senior in high school, Bent was a first-team All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun. He was 7-1 with a 0.84 ERA in 58 1/3 innings for the Gaels in 2003. Offensively, Bent led Mount St. Joseph with five home runs and 31 RBIs.

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General information

Name: Brian Bent

Age: 23

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205 lbs.

Hometown: Ellicott City

Nicknames: Bri

Position: Catcher

High school/college: Mount St. Joseph High School / CCBC-Catonsville

Time in professional baseball: Three years


Current MLB player: Ken Griffey Jr.

All-time MLB player: Ken Griffey Jr.

MLB team: Orioles

Sport (other than baseball): Golf

Food: Chicken pot pie

Music: R&B

TV show: Spike TV / Ninja Warrior

Movie: 3 Ninjas

Hobbies: Fishing / basketball / video games

Other questions

1. At this point in your career, what has been your favorite moment?

Our trip to Cooperstown for Cal Ripken Jr.'s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the IronBirds in 2007.

2. Who is your role model?

My parents.

3. In the minor leagues, what do you do for fun on a road trip?

Mess around on the Internet, play PSP and hang out with the guys.

4. If you could play any other position, what would it be and why?

Pitcher, because I used to pitch in high school.

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