Right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister, the son of former Major League pitcher Floyd Bannister, made his Mets as well has his major league debut on April 5, 2006 against the Washington Nationals. Bannister pitched 6 strong innings and allowed only 2 hits, unfortunately one of those hits was a 3 run homer to Nick Johnson. Bannister earned a no-decision in a game the Mets would lose 9-5 in 10 innings.
Bannister earned his first major league win in his next start, also against the Nationals. In 7 innings he allowed 3 hits and 1 run as the Mets cruised to a 7-1 victory. He also recorded his first major league hit. He won his next start against the Milwaukee Brewers. However, during his 5th start of the season Bannister was forced to leave after pulling his hamstring while running the bases.
Bannister was placed on the disabled list and would not return to the Mets rotation until August 25th. At the time of his injury Bannister has a 2-0 record with 2.89 ERA.
Bannister lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in his first start off the DL. He would pitch in two more games for the Mets, both out of the bullpen and finished the season with a 2-1 record and 4.26 ERA.
Following the season, the Mets traded Bannister to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Ambiorix Burgos.
While with the Mets Bannister wore number 40.
Brian Bannister also played for the Kansas City Royals from 2007-2010.