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Michael Brantley

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Cleveland Indians

2014 Stats

AVG

.327

HR

20

RBI

97

R

94

SB

23

2015 RotoWire Projections

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Arguably the biggest breakout player of 2014, Brantley doubled his power output and was a 20-20 player for the Indians en route to finishing third in the AL MVP voting. Prior to last season, Brantley ...

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STATUS:  Day-To-Day     INJURY TYPE:  Back
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 200   DOB: 5/15/1987
BORN: Bellevue, WA   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: 7th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Michael Brantley Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $25 million extension with the Indians in February 2014 that includes a fifth year team option at $11 million.

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Brantley (back), who missed his third straight game Thursday with back tightness, could be sidelined for a few more days, MLB.com reports.

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Michael Brantley Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 20 A WES 56 249 218 41 73 18 15 1 2 32 18 6 31 22 0 0 0 .335 .413 .440 .853
2007 20 AA HUN 59 223 187 28 47 7 6 1 0 21 15 3 29 25 5 1 1 .251 .353 .294 .647
2008 21 AA HUN 106 479 420 80 134 23 17 2 4 40 28 8 50 27 3 2 4 .319 .395 .398 .793
2009 22 AAA COL 115 523 452 79 119 29 21 2 6 35 45 5 59 48 8 3 1 .263 .348 .358 .706
2009 22 MAJ CLE 28 121 112 10 35 4 4 0 0 11 4 4 8 19 1 0 0 .313 .358 .348 .707
2010 23 AAA COL 67 316 273 54 87 19 13 2 4 29 13 5 34 28 5 2 2 .319 .395 .425 .820
2010 23 MAJ CLE 72 325 297 38 73 15 9 3 3 22 10 2 22 38 4 2 0 .246 .296 .327 .623
2011 24 MAJ CLE 114 496 451 63 120 35 24 4 7 46 13 5 34 76 3 5 3 .266 .318 .384 .702
2012 25 MAJ CLE 149 609 552 63 159 47 37 4 6 60 12 9 53 56 0 4 0 .288 .348 .402 .750
2013 26 MAJ CLE 151 611 556 66 158 39 26 3 10 73 17 4 40 67 3 8 4 .284 .332 .396 .728
2014 27 MAJ CLE 156 676 611 94 200 67 45 2 20 97 23 1 52 56 0 5 8 .327 .385 .506 .891
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3-Year Averages     152 631 573 74 172 51 36 3 12 76 17 4 48 59 1 5 4 .300 .356 .436 .792
Career  (View All)     670 2,838 2,579 334 745 207 145 16 46 309 79 25 209 312 11 24 15 .289 .343 .411 .754

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Michael Brantley Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 28 TB Did not play.
Sep. 27 TB 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .327 .385 .506 .891
Sep. 26 TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .328 .385 .507 .892
Sep. 24 KC 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .329 .387 .510 .897
Sep. 23 KC 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .327 .385 .507 .892
Sep. 22 KC 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .326 .384 .505 .889
Sep. 21 @Min 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .384 .506 .890
Sep. 20 @Min 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .323 .382 .503 .885
Sep. 19 @Min 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .380 .502 .882
Sep. 18 @Hou 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .380 .496 .876
Sep. 17 @Hou 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .322 .381 .498 .879
Sep. 16 @Hou 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .380 .498 .878
Sep. 15 @Hou 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .381 .500 .881
Sep. 14 @Det 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .320 .380 .498 .878
Sep. 13 @Det 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .319 .378 .498 .876
Sep. 12 @Det 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318 .377 .493 .870
Sep. 11 Min 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .376 .493 .869
Sep. 11 Min 3 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .376 .494 .870
Sep. 10 Min Did not play.
Sep. 9 Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .373 .493 .866
Sep. 8 LAA 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .374 .495 .869
Sep. 7 CWS 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .375 .497 .872
Sep. 6 CWS 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .315 .372 .496 .868
Sep. 5 CWS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .311 .370 .494 .864
Sep. 4 Det 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312 .370 .496 .866
Sep. 3 Det 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .311 .370 .493 .863
Sep. 2 Det 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .311 .371 .495 .866
Sep. 1 Det 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .369 .495 .864
Aug. 31 @KC 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .368 .496 .864
Aug. 30 @KC 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .311 .370 .497 .867
Last 7 Days 23 2 10 3 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .435 .458 .565 1.023
Last 14 Days 53 6 22 6 0 1 4 3 5 3 0 1 0 0 .415 .456 .585 1.041
Last 30 Days 111 14 45 10 0 2 14 9 10 7 0 1 0 0 .405 .455 .550 1.005

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Michael Brantley: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 147 107 46 8
2013 151 151 1
2012 144 144 3
2011 111 66 52 3
2010 72 7 65
2009 28 8 20

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Michael Brantley Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014205315294.307.449.826
2013174161162.276.339.664
2012181210183.265.354.680

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201440663156819.337.534.923
20133825095715.288.421.757
2012371426429.299.426.785

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201430045115711.353.533.933
20132743994211.299.449.786
20122682932810.265.362.682

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20143114994012.302.479.849
2013282271316.270.344.672
2012284343322.310.440.815
Michael Brantley Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 20 A WES 249 218 12.4% 8.8% 1.41 90% .366 .105
2007 20 AA HUN 223 187 13% 11.2% 1.16 87% .290 .043
2008 21 AA HUN 479 420 10.4% 5.6% 1.85 94% .334 .079
2009 22 AAA COL 523 452 11.3% 9.2% 1.23 89% .284 .095
2009 22 MAJ CLE 121 112 6.6% 15.7% 0.42 83% .376 .035
2010 23 AAA COL 316 273 10.8% 8.9% 1.21 90% .344 .106
2010 23 MAJ CLE 325 297 6.8% 11.7% 0.58 87% .273 .081
2011 24 MAJ CLE 496 451 6.9% 15.3% 0.45 83% .307 .118
2012 25 MAJ CLE 609 552 8.7% 9.2% 0.95 90% .312 .114
2013 26 MAJ CLE 611 556 6.5% 11% 0.60 88% .309 .112
2014 27 MAJ CLE 676 611 7.7% 8.3% 0.93 91% .336 .179
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3-Year Averages     631 573 7.6% 9.4% 0.81 90% .319 .136
Career     2,838 2,579 7.4% 11% 0.67 88% .315 .122

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2014 Stat Review for Michael Brantley    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

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.327 AVG
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91% Contact Rate
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.336 BABIP
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Power

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.506 SLG
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.179 ISO
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Plate Discipline

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0.93 BB/K
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7.7% BB Rate
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8.3% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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.891 OPS
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.385 OBP
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2015 Projected Stats Breakdown for Michael Brantley

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Michael Brantley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Brantley is dealing with back tightness and will be sidelined for a few days, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

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Brantley (illness) was back with the team Monday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

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Brantley was held out of action Sunday due to the flu, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Brantley will make his spring debut Thursday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Brantley was back on the field Wednesday and the Indians remain unconcerned about his balky back, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "He's doing fine," manager Terry Francona said. "He went out this morning and did some stuff on the field. There's no reason on Feb. 25 [to overdo it]. He's getting all his work done."

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Brantley skipped Tuesday's team sprint competition due to a sore lower back, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Brantley is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

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Brantley was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the Indians' loss to Minnesota on Friday night.

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2015

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2014

Brantley enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, with career highs in runs (66), homers (10), RBI (73) and steals (17). His ability to at least tread water against southpaws (.276/.325/.339) keeps him out of a platoon situation, which certainly helps his counting stats. Brantley will turn 27 in May, but there are no signs of additional power on the horizon, as his three-year ISO has ranged from .112 to .118, with very little fluctuation, and he hits a steady supply of balls on the ground (47.0 percent groundball rate in 2013). He'll be back as the team's everyday left fielder, barring a major offseason addition.

2013

Brantley enjoyed his finest season since breaking into the big leagues, hitting .288 with 60 RBI and 12 steals in a full-time role for the Indians. He'll be back in a full-time role again for 2013 and figures to post similar numbers though there could be some upside to be found in the stolen-base department. In terms of power, it seems unlikely that he will provide much more than 10-12 long balls at his peak, as his ISO (.114) last season was right in line with 2011 and at the high end of his range during his stops in the minor leagues.

2012

Brantley's season was cut short by a wrist injury in August that eventually required surgery, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He's not a huge fantasy contributor in any single category but chips in some value in most categories in nearly all formats. Of some concern is that his contact rate slipped from 87 to 83 percent last season, while his career struggles against lefties (.230/.294/.278) may ultimately lead him to sit depending on the composition of the Cleveland bench. Entering his age-25 season, he's a good bet to improve on last year's totals in what will be just his second full season in the majors, so look for Brantley to slot in as Cleveland's leadoff hitter and regular left fielder if Grady Sizemore is healthy enough to play center.

2011

Brantley got off to a slow start, was demoted to Triple-A Columbus, hurt his shoulder upon his recall, got demoted to Triple-A again, and was called back up again only to deal with ankle and hamstring injuries in August and September in a whirlwind season for the 23-year-old. He did hit .284 with 10 steals after his second promotion from Triple-A after a dismal showing (.118 average) in the season's first half even though the underlying skill set didn't appear to change much thanks to a near 200-point jump in his batting average on balls in play. He's the Indians' everyday left fielder and likely leadoff hitter heading into spring training and he offers you speed on the basepaths, but limited power.

2010

Brantley parlayed an injury to Grady Sizemore and the Indians' woeful season into a nice audition in September that saw him hit .313 with four steals for the Tribe as the team's everyday leadoff hitter down the stretch. He has nice instincts on the basepaths (46 steals in 51 tries at Triple-A last year) and a solid approach (59 walks and just 48 strikeouts in 457 at-bats at Triple-A) for a leadoff hitter but has to develop some power or pitchers will just pound the strike zone on him without fear. He's been one of the younger players at each of his minor league stops but a .369 career slugging percentage just isn't going to cut it. He'll have a chance to win an everyday role with the Indians this spring, especially with the talk of moving Sizemore down to the middle of the order.

2009

Brantley, who was acquired as part of the package for CC Sabathia, hit .319 and swiped 27 bases as a 21-year old in his first full season at Double-A. He's got an excellent batting eye but will need to develop some more power as he matures or advanced pitchers will simply pound the strike zone against him as he moves up the minor league chain. There's certainly room on his frame (6'2") for some additional pop but we'll see if it ever develops.

2006

Michael Brantley is the son of former major league outfielder Mickey Brantley. Michael has speed and good on-base skills, but not much in the way of power.