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Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220 lbs
College Experience: University of Illinois
Resides: Wheeling, Ilinois
Bren Spillane is in his first year with the ThunderBolts and fourth professionally. He signed as a free agent on May 11, 2022. Bren's pro career began as a third-round selection of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2018 Amateur Draft. In three seasons with the Reds, he rose to High-A Dayton and played in 122 career games, posting a .213 batting average and .331 on-base percentage.
Spillane was originally a 34th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 but elected instead to attend the University of Illinois, where he put together the best season in school history. As a junior in 2018, he hit .389 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year, a consensus First Team All-American and the Collegiate Baseball newspaper National Player of the Year. In three years at Illinois he was a .341 hitter in 91 total games. He attended Wheeling High School in Wheeling, Illinois.