2005 Bowman #BDP53 Brandon Monk
It's A Jungle Out There
Brandon Monk, the Braves 7th round pick in the June 2005 draft, had a short career. As an 18-year old in the Gulf Coast League, Monk put up a respectable .269/.324/.391 slash line with only 16 strikeouts in 156 at-bats. Brandon split time the next season between Danville (in the rookie Appalachian League) and low-Class A Rome, struggling mightily with a .186/.235/.226 line. Beginning the 2007 season back in Rome, Monk appeared in only 19 games before being suspended on May 25th for 50 games after testing positive for a PED. Monk's father described the drug as being one which is prescribed for ADD, and had the second baseman not failed to get his medical paperwork filed, there wouldn't have been a problem. Although the prescription drug contained an amphetamine, it is one that has been approved by major league baseball. Anyway, following the suspension, Brandon returned to play eight games for the GCL Braves, another eight with Danville, and then closing out the 2007 season by playing in thirteen games for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High-A). He would never play in another professional baseball game.