Brantley in 2010.
|Cleveland Indians – No. 23|
May 15, 1987 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|September 1, 2009 for the Cleveland Indians|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||309|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Charles Brantley, Jr. (born May 15, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the son of former MLB player and coach Mickey Brantley.
He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft. In 2005 he played for their Rookie league Helena Brewers and Arizona Brewers. He was promoted to the Class A West Virginia Power in 2006. In 2007, Brantley split his time between West Virginia and the Double-A Huntsville. .
He was sent to the Cleveland Indians on October 3, 2008 as the player to be named later to complete a July 7 transaction involving the Brewers acquiring C.C. Sabathia for Matt LaPorta and Rob Bryson. Near the end of the 2009 season, he was called up by the Indians to replace the injured Grady Sizemore in center field. In his time there, he hit .313 with 11 RBIs. On July 4, 2010, he was again called up to the majors to fill in for the injured Shin-Soo Choo. In 2012, Brantley had a career high 22-game hitting streak. 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 writers Jordan Bastian, Nick Camino, and Dennis Manoloff on Twitter for his smooth swing and approach at the plate. The nickname has now grown and been mentioned on the Cleveland Indians radio WTAM 1100 by Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. In 2013, Brantley had a break-through season, batting .284 with 158 hits, 10 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases.
In 2014, Branley made his first career All-Star selection after hitting .322 with 15 Home Runs and 63 Runs Batted In in the first half of the season. 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.
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