|Born: September 23, 1977|
|June 25, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 2005, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||79|
Michael Brent Abernathy (born September 23, 1977) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in the major leagues from 2001 to 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Kansas City Royals, and again in 2005 for the Minnesota Twins.
He attended high school at The Lovett School, where he played on the school's baseball team. He was awarded the Dial Award for the national high-school scholar-athlete of the year in 1995. Abernathy was named to the All-America First Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.
Abernathy was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2000, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitchers Steve Trachsel and Mark Guthrie. He played for the gold-medal winning United States team in the 2000 Olympics, and went on to make his debut in the majors with Tampa Bay and later played with the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. He has not been in the majors since 2005.
Abernathy was one of two Tampa Bay Devil Rays players to reach base against the Boston Red Sox on April 27, 2002, on a walk, but then was thrown out at second after Russ Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice. Abernathy’s plate appearance broke up Derek Lowe's bid for a perfect game. Lowe did finish the game, however, with a no-hitter.
- "Panel names Ralph, Abernathy winners of Dial award". Daily Herald. December 7, 1995. p. 9.
- "1996 ABCA/Rawlings High School All-America Teams". abca.prestosports.com. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.