Michael Brantley

Michael Charles Brantley, Jr. (born May 15, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the son of former MLB player and coach Mickey Brantley.

After starring for the Fort Pierce Central High School baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Brantley in the 2005 MLB Draft. During the 2008 season, Brantley was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with other prospects for CC Sabathia. He made his MLB debut with the Indians in 2009. In 2014, Brantley was named an MLB All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award.

Michael Brantley
MBrantley
Brantley with the Cleveland Indians
Houston Astros – No. 23
Left fielder
Born: May 15, 1987 (age 32)
Bellevue, Washington
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 1, 2009, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through July 20, 2019)
Batting average.297
Home runs100
Runs batted in580
Stolen bases121
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Brantley was born in Bellevue, Washington. His father, Mickey Brantley, played in Major League Baseball (MLB), and was a member of the Seattle Mariners at the time Michael was born. Michael was raised in Port St. Lucie, Florida.[1] Starting at age seven, Brantley played in Southwestern Port St. Lucie Little League Baseball.[2] When Mickey worked as the hitting coach for the New York Mets in 1999, Michael got to spend time around the Mets.[1] Brantley attended Central High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he played for the baseball and golf teams.[3][4] In his senior year for the baseball team, he had a .595 batting average, scored 22 runs, recorded 12 runs batted in and 32 stolen bases.[2] Brantley signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers after high school.[5]

Professional career

Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Brantley in the seventh round, with the 205th overall selection, of the 2005 MLB Draft.[6] After he signed with the Brewers, Brantley played for their Rookie-level affiliates, the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League and Arizona Brewers of the Arizona League. He batted .347 with 14 stolen bases in 44 games for Arizona,[7] and .324 in 10 games for Helena.[8]

The Brewers assigned Brantley to the West Virginia Power of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2006. He batted .300 with 24 stolen bases in 108 games for West Virginia.[9] In 2007, Brantley began the season with West Virginia. After batting .335 in 56 games,[10] the Brewers promoted Brantley to the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League, where he batted .251 in 59 games.[11] Playing for Huntsville in 2008, Brantley had a .319 batting average with four home runs, 40 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases.[12]

Cleveland Indians

The Brewers traded Brantley to the Cleveland Indians on October 3, 2008, as the player to be named later (PTBNL) in the July 7 transaction where the Brewers acquired CC Sabathia for Matt LaPorta, Zach Jackson, and Rob Bryson.[1][12][13] The list of choices for the PTBNL was narrowed down to Brantley and Taylor Green. The Indians and Brewers agreed that if the Brewers reached the 2008 MLB postseason, the Indians could make the choice. Since the Brewers made the playoffs, the Indians got to choose, and they chose Brantley.[13][14]

Michael Brantley on July 16, 2011
Brantley in 2011

Brantley played for the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League in 2009. He hit .267 for the Clippers. When major league rosters expanded on September 1, the Indians promoted Brantley to the major leagues.[15] Brantley reached base safely in his first eight games.[16] Near the end of the 2009 season, he replaced the injured Grady Sizemore in center field. In his time there, he hit .313 with 11 RBIs in 28 games.[17] Due to an injury to Russell Branyan, Brantley opened the 2010 season with Cleveland, starting in left field on Opening Day. When the Indians activated Branyan on April 19, Brantley, who had batted 5-for-32, was optioned to Columbus.[18] Brantley batted .315 in 59 games for Columbus, and was recalled to the major leagues on July 4 after an injury to Shin-Soo Choo.[19] After batting 11-for-70 with one home run in 26 games in his second stint with the 2010 Indians, he was demoted to Columbus on July 27 to make room for Josh Tomlin. Manager Manny Acta said that Brantley would soon be back in Cleveland,[20] and he was recalled to Cleveland on August 6, as the Indians' leadoff hitter.[21] He batted .292 for the remainder of the season,[22] and finished the season with a .242 batting average.[23]

In 2011, Brantley batted .266 in 114 games. He hit seven home runs, recorded 46 RBIs, and stole 13 bases.[2] After missing time due to tendinitis in his right wrist, Brantley's season ended prematurely when he required surgery on the hamate bone in his right hand in August.[24] In 2012, Brantley shifted to center field to replace the injured Grady Sizemore.[25] He had a career-high 22-game hitting streak.[26] Brantley has a patient approach to the plate that is followed by a short, compact swing. He rarely swings at the first pitch and will only do so if he has guessed the right location and type of pitch. In 2012, he was given the nickname "Dr. Smooth" by Cleveland Indians sports writer Dennis Manoloff for his smooth swing and approach at the plate.[27] In 144 games, he batted .288 with a .348 on-base percentage, .402 slugging percentage, 37 doubles, and 60 RBIs: all setting new career highs.[28]

After the 2012 season, Brantley had surgery to correct a sports hernia.[28] Before the 2013 season, the Indians signed center fielder Michael Bourn as a free agent, and moved Brantley back to left field.[29] The Indians discussed a contract extension with Brantley's representatives, but talks ended when the season began.[30] In August 2013, Brantley set a new Indians' franchise record for games without an error by an outfielder with 213, passing Rocky Colavito.[31] Brantley had a break-through season in 2013, batting .284 with 158 hits, 10 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. His errorless streak reached 245 at the end of the season.[32]

Brantley was eligible for salary arbitration before the 2014 season. Rather than going through with arbitration, the Indians signed Brantley to a four-year contract extension worth $25 million, with an option for a fifth season valued at $11 million and a $3.5 million signing bonus.[1][32][33] Brantley was selected to appear in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game after hitting .322 with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs during the first half of the season.[34] On the final game of his 2014 season he picked up his 200th hit of the season making him the 18th player in Indians history to do so and first since Kenny Lofton reached the milestone in 1996.[35] He batted .327/.385/.506 with a career-high 20 home runs in 2014. After the season, Brantley won the Silver Slugger Award.[36] He was named a finalist for the 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award[37] and finished in third place in the balloting, behind winner Mike Trout and Victor Martínez.[38]

In 2015, Brantley batted .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs, led the American League in doubles (45), and had the lowest strikeout percentage of all major league baseball players (8.6%).[39] He also led the major leagues in walks-per-strikeout at 1.18, and had the highest contact percentage on his swings in the major leagues (92.6%).[40][41]

Brantley underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, but returned to the Indians in April. By August, it was clear that a second surgery would be necessary, ending his season. In 2016, in 36 at bats he hit .231/.279/.282/.[42]

On August 9, 2017, Brantley was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right ankle strain.[43] In 2017 he batted .299/.357/.444 with 9 home runs. The Indians exercised Brantley's 2018 option on November 3, 2017.[44]

Batting .306 with five home runs and 31 RBIs, Brantley was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[45] In 2018 he batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, as he also had the highest contact percentage on his swings in the major leagues (90.9%).[46]

Houston Astros

On December 17, 2018, Brantley signed a two-year, $32 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros.[47].

Personal life

Brantley lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida, during the baseball offseason.[23] He is married. His wife, Melissa, gave birth to their first child, daughter Mariah, in September 2013.[48][49] Their second child, son Michael III, was born in February 2015.[50] Their third child, son Maxwell, arrived in June 2017.[51]

Brantley maintains a close relationship with his father. They speak every morning by phone to discuss his at bats from the previous game.[52] Brantley's cousin, Justin, is a minor league pitcher who used to be in the Indians' organization, but has since been released.[53]

See also

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