In addition to earning varsity letters in baseball at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, MS, Brian was awarded letters in basketball, football and golf.
Brian has led Twins in home runs in each of last ﬁve seasons (2013-17) and is the club’s all-time leader in home runs at second base (143). His 40 home runs as a second baseman in 2016 are the most in a single season in American League history and the third most in MLB history behind only Davey Johnson (42 in 1973) and Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922). His 42 home runs (two as DH) were the most by a Twin since Harmon Killebrew’s 49 in 1969. He and Killebrew are the only Twins ever with 40 or more home runs in a single season. Entering the 2018 season, Brian leads the Twins in games (620), hits (624), runs scored (423), home runs (127) and walks (289) since 2014. He hit three home runs September 5, 2016 vs. Kansas City, becoming the sixth player in club history with a three-homer game, joining Bob Allison, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Justin Morneau and Max Kepler. Brian recorded an extra-base hit in 11 straight games June 18-30, 2016, setting a Twins record. It marked the longest streak in MLB by a middle inﬁelder since Rogers Hornsby had an extra-base hit in 12 consecutive games in 1928. His 24-game hit streak in 2016 was the longest by a Twin since Brian Harper’s 25-game streak in 1990.
In the 2015 All-Star Game, Brian entered the game as pinch hitter in the eighth inning and homered off Pittsburgh’s Mark Melancon. He became just the 16th player ever to homer in his ﬁrst All-Star Game at-bat and third Twin to ever homer in an All-Star Game, joining Kirby Puckett (1993) and Harmon Killebrew (1961, 1965 and 1971).