Brendan, a Sandia High  School grad, was drafted  by the Chicago White Sox in the 27th round of  the 1992 Major League  Baseball Draft. In January 2001, he signed with the  Anaheim Angels, where  he made his major league debut in 2002 at the age  of 30. Donnelly would go  onto play an integral part  of the Angels’ bullpen in their 2002  championship season, serving as the  winning pitcher in Game 6 of the World  Series. In 2003, in that same role,  Donnelly put up an 1.58 earned run average and became a rare example of a non-closer who was selected as an All-Star. Donnelly  went on to be the winning pitcher in that  mid-summer classic. Brendan was also on  the Boston Red Sox world championship  team in 2007.  He would go on to play for  the Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins and  finally finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. His win–loss record in the majors was 32–10 with a Earned run average 3.22  and 360 Strikeouts. At Sandia High School, Brendan made the North-South All-Stars  and was a first team all-state player. He  played for New Mexico Junior College  coached by current UNM Baseball Coach,  Ray Birmingham.