Brendan Michael Harris (born August 26, 1980) is an American retired professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Harris grew up in Queensbury, New York and led the Queensbury High School Spartans to the 1996 and 1998 State Baseball Tournament. He subsequently attended the College of William and Mary, where he was a third-team College All-American and Colonial Athletic Association All-Star in 2001, when he hit .390 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI. He was selected in 5th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs and signed with the Cubs on July 21, 2001. He was inducted into the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 along with fellow alum and current Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. He was active with the MLB Player's Association as a Player Representative with the Rays and the Twins.
Harris began his professional career in 2001 with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League and hit .274 in 32 games. In 2002, with the Daytona Cubs, he hit .329 in 110 games, including 13 homers and 54 RBI. He was selected as a Florida State League All-Star and also a High-A All-Star, leading to a promotion to the AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx at the end of the season. In 2003, he played in 120 games with the Diamond Jaxx and hit .280.
Harris made his major-league debut on July 6, 2004, as the starting third baseman against the Milwaukee Brewers. His first Major League hit was an RBI double off Víctor Santos in the third inning. In three games with the Cubs, he had two hits in nine at-bats.
He was sent at the July 31 trade deadline to the Montréal Expos as part of an eight-player, four-team trade that sent brought Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to Chicago, Doug Mientkiewicz and Orlando Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox, minor leaguer Justin Jones to the Minnesota Twins and Harris, Francis Beltrán and Alex Gonzalez to Montreal. Harris appeared in 20 games for Montréal, batting .160 with one home run and two RBI in 50 at-bats. His home run, the first of his MLB career, was hit on September 15, off Josias Manzanillo of the Florida Marlins. He also played in 35 games in AAA for the Edmonton Trappers and hit .285 for them.
The Expos moved to Washington, D. C. in 2005 and became the Washington Nationals. Harris spent most of 2005 and 2006 with the new AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs, where he hit .270 in 127 games in 2005 and .283 in 59 games in 2006. With the Nationals, he only appeared in 4 games in 2005 (3 for 9 with 1 homer) and 17 games in 2006 (8 for 32).
On July 13, 2006, he was sent by Washington along with Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Daryl Thompson, and Royce Clayton to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Felipe López, Austin Kearns, and Ryan Wagner. He played in 43 games with the Louisville Bats in the International League, hitting .324. with the Reds, he was in only eight games and was 2 for 10 with one homer.
Harris was sold to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on January 2, 2007 and spent the majority of the season as the Devil Rays starting shortstop. In 137 games, he hit .286 with 12 homers and 59 RBI. He was voted the Rays Heart and Hustle Award winner at the end of the season.
Harris also saw his first post-season action when the Twins faced the New York Yankees in the 2009 American League Division Series. On October 11, 2009, he was the last Major League batter in Metrodome history as the Yankees defeated the Twins 4-1 in Game 3, eliminating the Twins from the playoffs.
Harris was the front-runner to start at third base for the Twins in 2010, but Nick Punto got the nod on Opening Day. Punto was later replaced by rookie Danny Valencia and on June 24, Harris was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester after a 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
In three seasons with the Twins, Harris hit .251 in 296 games with 14 home runs and 90 RBI. The Twins were Central Division Champions in 2009 and 2010.
He spent the entire season in AAA with the Norfolk Tides and hit .225 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in 136 games, after which he became a free agent.
On November 15, 2012, Harris signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He made the Angels opening day roster as a utility player, and hit .206 with 4 HR in 44 games for he Angels, while playing SS, 2b, 3b, 1B and LF. They designated Harris for assignment on July 20, 2013 and he elected free agency three days later.
Harris signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 18, 2013, that included an invitation to spring training. He played in six games for the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes and had five hits in 15 at-bats before he was released on April 12, 2014.
On May 16, 2014, Brendan Harris was signed by the Long Island Ducks. He hit .286 with 8 home runs and 53 runs batted in.
Harris signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers for the 2015 season. He was released on June 29, 2015.
In February 2016, he was hired by the Los Angeles Angels to join their player development department. In May 2016, Harris enrolled in the MBA for Executives program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Arlington, VA.