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Michael Brantley

31-Year-Old Outfielder – Cleveland Indians

2018 Stats

AVG

.310

HR

11

RBI

42

R

38

SB

4

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

No one is shocked Brantley only played 90 games last season. However, it is surprising the reason was a pair of right ankle injuries, the last sending him to the DL on Aug. 9. He returned for the last...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 210   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.

June 14, 2018  –  Michael Brantley News

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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
2015 28 MAJ CLE 137 596 529 68 164 60 45 0 15 84 15 1 60 51 0 5 2 .310 .379 .480 .859
2016 29 A LAK 1 3 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
2016 29 A MAH 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
2016 29 AA AKR 6 21 19 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .211 .286 .263 .549
2016 29 AAA COL 3 11 9 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .111 .182 .222 .404
2016 29 MAJ CLE 11 43 39 5 9 2 2 0 0 7 1 0 3 6 0 1 0 .231 .279 .282 .561
2017 30 MAJ CLE 90 375 338 47 101 30 20 1 9 52 11 1 31 50 0 4 2 .299 .357 .444 .801
2018 31 MAJ CLE 64 284 261 38 81 28 16 1 11 42 4 3 18 24 0 3 2 .310 .356 .506 .862
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3-Year Averages     79 337 302 40 91 30 22 0 8 47 9 0 31 35 0 3 1 .301 .365 .454 .819
Career  (View All)     972 4,136 3,746 492 1,100 327 228 18 81 494 110 30 321 443 11 37 21 .294 .350 .429 .779

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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
Jun. 23 Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .356 .506 .862
Jun. 22 Det 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .357 .512 .869
Jun. 20 CWS 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .315 .359 .512 .871
Jun. 19 CWS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .362 .520 .882
Jun. 18 CWS 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .321 .363 .520 .883
Jun. 17 Min 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .320 .363 .523 .886
Jun. 16 Min 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .360 .519 .879
Jun. 15 Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318 .362 .524 .886
Jun. 14 @CWS Did not play.
Jun. 13 @CWS 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .364 .530 .894
Jun. 12 @CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .359 .529 .888
Jun. 11 @CWS 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .361 .534 .895
Jun. 10 @Det 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .319 .364 .528 .892
Jun. 9 @Det 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .327 .372 .540 .912
Jun. 8 @Det 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .324 .367 .541 .908
Jun. 6 Mil 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .369 .547 .916
Jun. 5 Mil 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .322 .367 .548 .915
Jun. 3 @Min 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .323 .369 .549 .918
Jun. 2 @Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .371 .539 .910
Jun. 1 @Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .332 .376 .551 .927
May. 31 @Min 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .337 .383 .560 .943
May. 30 CWS 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .343 .383 .569 .952
May. 29 CWS 4 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .343 .380 .573 .953
May. 28 CWS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .372 .552 .924
May. 27 Hou 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .372 .559 .931
May. 26 Hou 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .367 .564 .931
May. 25 Hou 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .338 .372 .556 .928
May. 24 Hou 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .371 .555 .926
May. 23 @ChC 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .338 .374 .563 .937
May. 22 @ChC 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .331 .365 .561 .926
Last 7 Games 28 3 7 3 0 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 .250 .300 .357 .657
Last 14 Games 54 5 14 3 0 1 3 4 5 2 1 0 1 0 .259 .305 .370 .675
Last 30 Games 119 17 34 5 0 4 13 10 13 3 2 1 1 0 .286 .344 .429 .773

Michael Brantley: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 57 57 6
2017 87 87 2
2016 11 11
2015 118 101 28 18
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
201874133111.284.432.762
2017118142175.288.373.696
201670030.286.571.821

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018187258313.321.535.901
2017220337356.305.482.857
2016325041.219.219.504

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018143256314.343.566.947
2017191306364.319.492.871
2016184060.389.444.894

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018118135110.271.432.758
2017147173167.272.381.710
2016211011.095.143.273
Michael Brantley vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Matt Boyd DET 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .333 .733

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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% .288 .043
2008 21 AA HUN 479 420 10.4% 5.6% 1.85 94% .332 .079
2009 22 AAA COL 523 452 11.3% 9.2% 1.23 89% .282 .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% .342 .106
2010 23 MAJ CLE 325 297 6.8% 11.7% 0.58 87% .271 .081
2011 24 MAJ CLE 496 451 6.9% 15.3% 0.45 83% .303 .118
2012 25 MAJ CLE 609 552 8.7% 9.2% 0.95 90% .310 .114
2013 26 MAJ CLE 611 556 6.5% 11% 0.60 88% .304 .112
2014 27 MAJ CLE 676 611 7.7% 8.3% 0.93 91% .333 .179
2015 28 MAJ CLE 596 529 10.1% 8.6% 1.18 90% .318 .170
2016 29 A LAK 3 3 0% 0% 0.00 100% .667 .333
2016 29 A MAH 3 2 33.3% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2016 29 AA AKR 21 19 9.5% 4.8% 2.00 95% .222 .052
2016 29 AAA COL 11 9 9.1% 9.1% 1.00 89% .111 .111
2016 29 MAJ CLE 43 39 7% 14% 0.50 85% .265 .051
2017 30 MAJ CLE 375 338 8.3% 13.3% 0.62 85% .325 .145
2018 31 MAJ CLE 284 261 6.3% 8.5% 0.75 91% .306 .196
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3-Year Averages     337 302 9.2% 10.4% 0.89 88% .317 .153
Career     4,136 3,746 7.8% 10.7% 0.72 88% .313 .135

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Michael Brantley Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
LF 2018 496.3 -8 33 -7 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Michael Brantley    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.75 BB/K
ELITE
6.3% BB Rate
WEAK
8.5% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.862 OPS
GREAT
.356 OBP
GOOD
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.310 AVG
ELITE
.306 BABIP
AVERAGE
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.506 SLG
GREAT
.196 ISO
GOOD

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

Brantley went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

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Brantley went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a home run in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the White Sox.

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Brantley went 2-for-5 with one walk and one RBI in Sunday's win over the Astros.

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Brantley went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.

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Brantley went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 6-0 win over the Tigers.

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Brantley went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Royals.

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Brantley went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a grand slam in Friday's 10-9 loss to the Royals.

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Brantley is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

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Brantley went 1-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

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Brantley is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Brantley went 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple and two RBI in Friday's win over the Mariners.

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Brantley is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

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Brantley was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 7-3 win over Baltimore.

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Brantley went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and two RBI in the win over Minnesota on Tuesday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Brantley's 2016 season should serve as a cautionary tale for injury optimists. The initial hope for Brantley, who was coming off shoulder surgery, was that he might be ready following a brief, backdated DL stint. Unfortunately, his timetable was pushed back to late April, and Brantley only played in 11 games upon his return before he landed right back on the shelf. From there, reports of incremental progress would trickle in, leading many owners to hold tight. However, he experienced several more setbacks and never ended up returning to action. Brantley underwent another shoulder procedure in August, with his rehab projected at four months. There was some fear that his recovery could actually push well into 2017, but the Indians say he should be good to go for spring training. Brantley began taking dry swings right around the end of the calendar year.

2016

Doctor Smooth wasn't in his best form in 2015, but he was still very good. A balky back limited him early in the season, and the discomfort lingered until near the end of July. Once the back got in order, Brantley was operating with surgical precision at the plate and ended the season with a .332/.383/.549 line over his final 200 plate appearances. He has always been a high-contact hitter, but reached a new level in 2015 when he walked more times than he struck out, which helped him keep his OBP above .375 for a second consecutive season a feat only five other players have accomplished. Despite being on base so often, he didn't score 70 runs or steal 20 bases due to his back issues in the first half of the season. There has been some uncertainty regarding his timetable for a return from offseason shoulder surgery, and 2014 may forever represent his upside.

2015

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 had never slugged above .402 as a big league player, which will undoubtedly lead to questions about his ability to sustain his new level of production. Handling fastballs better than he did in the past, Brantley's HR/FB rate climbed from 6.8% in 2013 to 12.7% last season. That he was able to significantly increase his home-run production without selling out in his approach bodes well for his chances of another strong season in 2015 (his strikeout rate was a career-best 8.3%). Even if he's more likely to hit .300 with 15 homers and 15 steals than repeat the .327 average with another 20-20 effort, Brantley has all of the tools necessary to remain a steady five category player in the heart of the Cleveland lineup.

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.