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Birth Date5-15-1987
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age32 years, 6 months, 23 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
3.32015
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1.72017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 CLE 22 28 121 35 4 0 0 8 19 0 4 4 .313 .358 .348 93 -0.8 -0.9 -2.6 -0.1
2010 CLE 23 72 325 73 9 3 3 22 38 0 10 2 .246 .296 .327 77 -8.0 3.5 -5.0 0.0
2011 CLE 24 114 496 120 24 4 7 34 76 3 13 5 .266 .318 .384 90 -4.8 0.5 -2.7 0.6
2012 CLE 25 149 609 159 37 4 6 53 56 0 12 9 .288 .348 .402 106 4.6 2.7 -13.0 1.3
2013 CLE 26 151 611 158 26 3 10 40 67 4 17 4 .284 .332 .396 101 1.6 2.4 4.3 2.2
2014 CLE 27 156 676 200 45 2 20 52 56 8 23 1 .327 .385 .506 147 34.1 5.1 -2.2 5.7
2015 CLE 28 137 596 164 45 0 15 60 51 2 15 1 .310 .379 .480 128 21.8 -3.2 -0.3 3.3
2016 CLE 29 11 43 9 2 0 0 3 6 0 1 0 .231 .279 .282 87 -0.6 0.4 0.3 0.1
2017 CLE 30 90 375 101 20 1 9 31 50 2 11 1 .299 .357 .444 106 3.8 -0.6 5.2 1.7
2018 CLE 31 143 631 176 36 2 17 48 60 5 12 3 .309 .364 .468 118 15.7 1.4 -3.4 2.8
2019 HOU 32 148 637 179 40 2 22 51 66 7 3 2 .311 .372 .503 122 20.9 0.0 -8.2 2.5
Career119951201374288211094025453112132.297.354.43911388.311.3-27.520.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 HEL Rk PIO 10 40 .287 .374 .438 .367 105 1.6 0.8 -0.1 109 0 -0.5 -0.1 0.6 0.1
2006 WVA A SAL 108 435 .258 .336 .380 .344 110 15 10.1 -2.2 134 0 -9.7 -0.1 8.4 0.7
2007 WVA A SAL 56 255 .271 .345 .415 .364 111 12.4 7.6 -3.8 138 0 0.6 0.3 12.0 1.7
2007 HUN AA SOU 59 223 .263 .336 .399 .281 95 -1.9 7.5 -1.8 93 0 1.4 2.3 -1.0 0.9
2008 HUN AA SOU 106 479 .271 .347 .406 .332 108 7.6 14.1 -1.8 117 0 9.2 2.8 4.5 2.9
2009 CLE MLB AL 28 121 .263 .328 .415 .376 102 -2.1 3.5 0 93 16 -2.6 -0.9 -0.8 -0.1
2009 COH AAA INT 116 528 .262 .331 .391 .282 114 -8.8 15.4 0.5 102 0 -0.2 4.1 2.2 2.1
2010 CLE MLB AL 72 325 .261 .325 .410 .271 106 -12.6 9.0 0.6 77 10 -5.0 3.5 -8.0 0.0
2010 COH AAA INT 67 316 .265 .335 .415 .337 111 5.1 9.6 -0.2 126 0 7.5 4.3 9.5 2.9
2011 CLE MLB AL 114 496 .257 .320 .402 .303 101 -5 13.4 -1.3 90 9 -2.7 0.5 -4.8 0.6
2012 CLE MLB AL 149 609 .254 .317 .406 .310 99 7 16.7 1.3 106 7 -13.0 2.7 4.6 1.3
2013 CLE MLB AL 151 611 .254 .315 .399 .304 100 4 16.1 -3.8 101 9 4.3 2.4 1.6 2.2
2014 CLE MLB AL 156 676 .257 .318 .397 .333 103 39.8 17.4 -3 147 7 -2.2 5.1 34.1 5.7
2015 CLE MLB AL 137 596 .254 .315 .403 .318 108 18.4 16.1 -3.7 128 8 -0.3 -3.2 21.8 3.3
2016 CLE MLB AL 11 43 .268 .328 .449 .265 110 -2.3 1.2 -0.3 87 10 0.3 0.4 -0.6 0.1
2016 LKC A MID 1 3 .233 .289 .329 .667 100 1 0.1 0 162 0 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.0
2016 MHV A- NYP 1 3 .250 .340 .350 .500 100 0.6 0.1 0 121 0 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2016 AKR AA EAS 6 21 .282 .335 .436 .222 98 -0.3 0.6 -0.1 84 0 1.0 -0.2 -0.7 0.1
2016 COH AAA INT 3 11 .270 .345 .480 .111 116 -0.8 0.3 -0.1 68 0 -0.9 0.2 -0.5 -0.1
2017 CLE MLB AL 90 375 .259 .326 .431 .325 104 6.8 11.0 -2.7 106 11 5.2 -0.6 3.8 1.7
2018 CLE MLB AL 143 631 .255 .327 .421 .319 106 16.8 17.7 -4.6 118 6 -3.4 1.4 15.7 2.8
2019 HOU MLB AL 148 637 .257 .326 .446 .320 102 23.6 19.2 -6 122 6 -8.2 0.0 20.9 2.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 HEL Rk PIO 40 34 8 11 2 0 0 13 3 6 4 2 0 .324 .425 .382 .059 0 0
2006 WVA A SAL 435 360 47 108 10 2 0 122 42 61 51 24 7 .300 .402 .339 .039 5 5
2007 HUN AA SOU 223 187 28 47 6 1 0 55 21 29 25 17 3 .251 .347 .294 .043 5 5
2007 WVA A SAL 255 218 41 73 15 1 2 96 32 31 22 18 6 .335 .418 .440 .106 1 1
2008 HUN AA SOU 479 420 80 134 17 2 4 167 40 50 27 28 8 .319 .394 .398 .079 3 3
2009 CLE MLB AL 121 112 10 35 4 0 0 39 11 8 19 4 4 .313 .358 .348 .036 0 1
2009 COH AAA INT 528 457 80 122 21 2 6 165 37 59 48 46 5 .267 .347 .361 .094 8 8
2010 COH AAA INT 316 273 54 87 13 2 4 116 29 34 28 13 5 .319 .392 .425 .106 5 5
2010 CLE MLB AL 325 297 38 73 9 3 3 97 22 22 38 10 2 .246 .296 .327 .081 2 4
2011 CLE MLB AL 496 451 63 120 24 4 7 173 46 34 76 13 5 .266 .318 .384 .118 5 3
2012 CLE MLB AL 609 552 63 159 37 4 6 222 60 53 56 12 9 .288 .348 .402 .114 4 0
2013 CLE MLB AL 611 556 66 158 26 3 10 220 73 40 67 17 4 .284 .332 .396 .112 8 3
2014 CLE MLB AL 676 611 94 200 45 2 20 309 97 52 56 23 1 .327 .385 .506 .178 5
2015 CLE MLB AL 596 529 68 164 45 0 15 254 84 60 51 15 1 .310 .379 .480 .170 5 0
2016 LKC A MID 3 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 .333 0 0
2016 MHV A- NYP 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 .000 0 0
2016 CLE MLB AL 43 39 5 9 2 0 0 11 7 3 6 1 0 .231 .279 .282 .051 1 0
2016 COH AAA INT 11 9 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 .111 .182 .222 .111 1 0
2016 AKR AA EAS 21 19 1 4 1 0 0 5 1 2 1 0 0 .211 .286 .263 .053 0 0
2017 CLE MLB AL 375 338 47 101 20 1 9 150 52 31 50 11 1 .299 .357 .444 .145 4 0
2018 CLE MLB AL 631 570 89 176 36 2 17 267 76 48 60 12 3 .309 .364 .468 .160 6 1
2019 HOU MLB AL 637 575 88 179 40 2 22 289 90 51 66 3 2 .311 .372 .503 .191 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 488 0.5738 0.3340 0.9141 0.4429 0.1875 0.9516 0.7949 0.0859 0.0087
2010 1307 0.5471 0.3634 0.9095 0.4811 0.2213 0.9506 0.8015 0.0905 0.0101
2011 1913 0.5337 0.3753 0.8858 0.4995 0.2332 0.9373 0.7596 0.1142 0.0054
2012 2118 0.5316 0.4032 0.9145 0.5693 0.2147 0.9641 0.7653 0.0855 0.0067
2013 2239 0.5123 0.4145 0.8998 0.5937 0.2262 0.9427 0.7814 0.1002 0.0113
2014 2377 0.5011 0.4148 0.8996 0.5911 0.2378 0.9489 0.7766 0.1004 0.0016
2015 2117 0.4979 0.4265 0.9125 0.6129 0.2418 0.9505 0.8171 0.0875 -0.0003
2016 166 0.5602 0.4639 0.8961 0.6022 0.2877 0.9643 0.7143 0.1039 0.0000
2017 1377 0.4946 0.4408 0.8715 0.6211 0.2644 0.9409 0.7120 0.1285 0.0000
2018 2249 0.4855 0.4406 0.8880 0.6218 0.2697 0.9588 0.7340 0.1120 0.0000
2019 2267 0.4993 0.4358 0.8897 0.5989 0.2731 0.9469 0.7645 0.1103 0.0000
Career186180.51200.41300.89770.57740.24180.94960.76900.10230.0038

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-17 2014-06-20 DTD 3 2 - Head Concussion Player Collision Sliding Into Second Base -
2014-05-15 2014-05-16 DTD 1 1 - Back Tightness - -
2013-02-26 2013-03-10 Camp 12 0 - Forearm Laceration Sliding - -
2012-10-11 2012-10-11 Off 0 0 - Surgery Sports Hernia 2012-10-11 -
2012-09-24 2012-09-29 DTD 5 4 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-09-13 2012-09-15 DTD 2 2 Left Chest Soreness Pectoral Muscle - -
2012-04-24 2012-04-24 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2012-03-20 2012-03-27 Camp 7 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2011-08-23 2011-09-29 60-DL 37 38 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2011-08-31
2011-08-13 2011-08-16 DTD 3 1 Right Wrist Soreness -
2011-08-10 2011-08-12 DTD 2 2 Right Wrist Soreness -
2011-08-03 2011-08-05 DTD 2 2 Right Wrist Soreness Bothering for 1 Week - -
2011-07-19 2011-07-22 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Heat Illness Heat Exhaustion - -
2011-06-22 2011-06-24 DTD 2 1 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2011-03-04 2011-03-08 Camp 4 0 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-09-23 2010-09-26 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-08-20 2010-08-25 DTD 5 4 Left Ankle Sprain -
2010-03-22 2010-03-25 Camp 3 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-09-27 2009-09-30 DTD 3 2 Right Ankle Soreness -
2006-05-03 2006-05-13 Minors 10 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 HOU $16,000,000
2019 HOU $16,000,000
2018 CLE $11,500,000
2017 CLE $8,375,000
2016 CLE $7,375,000
2015 CLE $5,875,000
2014 CLE $2,375,000
2013 CLE $526,900
2012 CLE $495,300
2011 CLE $421,800
2010 CLE $400,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$37,344,800
2019Current$16,000,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$53,344,800
1 yrFuture$16,000,000
11 yrTotal$69,344,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 131 dExcel Sports2 years/$32M (2019-20)

Details
  • 2 years/$32M (2019-20). Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/18/18. $2M signing bonus, paid 3/15/19. 19:$15M, 20:$15M. Award bonuses, including top 5 in MVP vote, WS MVP, LCS MVP, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All Star.
  • 4 years/$25M (2014-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland 2/10/14 (avoided arbitration, $3.8M-$2.7M). $3.5M signing bonus. 14:$1.5M, 15:$5M, 16:$6.5M, 17:$7.5M, 18:$11M club option ($1M buyout). 2017 salary increases by $1M with 1-5 finish in 2014-16 MVP vote or by $0.5M for 6-10 finish in 2014-16 MVP vote. 2018 option increases by $1M with 1-5 finish in 2014-17 MVP vote or by $0.5M with 6-10 finish in 2014-17 MVP vote. Award bonuses, including $0.1M for All Star. Cleveland exercised 2018 option at $11.5M 11/3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5269M (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4953M (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4218M (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/8/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4008M (2010). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/10/10. Optioned to Triple-A 4/19/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Milwaukee 10/08 (player to be named in 7/08 Sabathia deal). Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/1/09.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2005 (7-205) (Ft. Pierce Central HS., Fla.). $0.15M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 39 10 2 0 1 3 6 1 0 .286 .342 .429 118 2.4 LF 0, 0.0
80o 27 7 1 0 1 2 4 1 0 .292 .346 .458 113 1.4 LF 0, 0.0
70o 18 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .250 .294 .312 110 0.8 LF 0, 0.0
60o 10 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .400 .444 107 0.4 LF 0, 0.0
50o 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 104 0.1 LF 0, 0.0
Weighted Mean310000100.333.333.3331040.1LF 0,0.0

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Dwight Smith a poor man's Michael Brantley?
(Sam from Logan Square)
Brantley is an elite elite contact guy that swings and misses less than four percent of the time. Smith is at like 3x that number. Smith is an interesting power/speed guy, but I'm not sure I see the Brantley comp. (Mark Barry)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your biggest injury concerns heading into the season?
(Daniel from Queens, NY)
That's a great question! Obviously, Michael Brantley. We have no idea what's going to happen there. Albert Pujols coming off foot surgery is a huge one for me too, especially at his age. Victor Martinez knees are always terrifying. Oh, and pitchers...All of them... (George Bissell)
2016-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Michael Brantley will be healthy for the start of the season and do you think his stats will return to form for 2017 season?
(Benny from Toronto)
I think he'll be healthy, with a slight dip. He's still young enough that he can recover from these woes. (Kenny Ducey)
2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)12 team keeper league, where we roster all 8 defensive positions, 2 utility, and 8 SPs. There aren't any weird contracts or scoring rules either. I need 10 keepers. My locks are Rizzo, Stanton, JD Martinez, Todd Frazier, Darvish, Scherzer, & Sale. I'm left to pick 3 of Lucroy, Jose Abreu, Byron Buxton, Stroman, Justin Upton, Dahl, Michael Brantley & Alex Reyes. Not easy to pick 3 out of that, huh? Take a shot! Thanks again!
(BPchatsChangedMyLife from Niagara, ON)
I'd try to package 3-5 of those extra guys for 1 no-doubt keeper, then try to do it again with the rest of that pack of extra guys. There's gotta be some teams in your league who have a stuff or two but only 5-7 legitimate keepers that might be willing to trade one big name player for depth, right? Try to do something with the value locked in those keepable players rather than just let that value evaporate when you submit your freeze list and send several of them back into the free agent poo; And be agnostic about which of that group of players you trade - don't fall in love with your guys. (Scooter Hotz)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)PECOTA loves Astros OF prospect Jason Martin, he's having a great year at 19 in the MWL, and he has some prospect pedigree as a HS draftee in 2013. And yet, he's never mentioned in any conversation about Astros prospects. What gives?
(TexasDeac10 from Houston)
Well, PECOTA like him because Andrew McCutchen and Michael Brantley are two of his top 3 comps right now, and that's going to give you a rosy projection. I'm honestly not familiar with him as a prospect, pre-draft anyway, so I'm not sure what the consensus on him was. The reality is that HS guys take such a long road to the show that he might need to perform like this for a season or two before he starts getting more recognition. (Jeff Long)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Bigger regret:Lo Cain or Michael Brantley?
(Nathaniel from WI)
I don't think the Brewers regret moving either player, as they have Carlos Gomez and two postseason appearances in return for trading them. Still, Michael Brantley hurt the most at the time. He's such a quality hitter. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)so i have seen you and that one guy from that one site (half-hartedly) discussing a Kershaw trade. what is (are) the biggest trade(s) that have gone down in a Tout or Labr league?
(jonraypyle from tx)
It's really hard to trade in expert leagues, in part because nobody wants to be seen as losing on a deal. I traded Hanley Ramirez in 2013 for two starting pitchers. Fred Zinkie of MLB is the big wheeler dealer in LABR, and he made a big deal this year where he traded Andrew McCutchen, Stephen Strasburg, Asdrubal Cabrera and R.A. Dickey for Michael Brantley and Madison Bumgarner. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Concerned about Michael Brantley's back? Should I be trying to sell in a dynasty?
(Wayne from Houston)
Back injuries always concern me somewhat. That being said, he's not a big time power guy so the concerns aren't as high as they would be for bopper. You can try to sell but you're going to be getting 75 cents or less on your dollar. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was really interested in your column about projection systems being tightly clustered and not all that accurate, all things considered. Do you think this invalidates the projection industry? What do we get out of them, and what do you think we should get out of them in a perfect world?
(Jonas from Portland)
To your first question, no, absolutely not-I don't think it invalidates projections at all. Even though they aren't super-accurate and they are all tightly clustered, they are MUCH, MUCH better than guessing league average for every player (or some ad hoc guesses that one might do). In retrospect, I should have been more careful to emphasize this point. I really meant to say that we have a long way to go in terms of improving the projections.

We get out of them decent guesses, seasoned with historical accuracy and a lot of regression to the mean. What we should get out of them are better guesses, and the ability to more quickly determine when a player's ability has truly changed. I am definitely in the camp that player abilities do change on a year-to-year basis, but our systems are only crudely capable of telling when. Albert Pujols is an example of this, as is someone like Michael Brantley. (Rob Arthur)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)In an h2h points league, where ks are -1, bb are +1, which of these 3 OFs would you take? Jose Bautista, Michael Brantley or Adam Jones?
(gip from new jersey)
I'm not a fantasy expert by any means, but I'd presume the non Adam Jones option. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Who's your pick for this year's Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley?
(Mike from Chicago)
Good question. Gerrit Cole and Mookie Betts (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)In 2014, Altuve and Rendon cemented themselves as 2nd round picks in 2015. In 2015, name some players who may become 2nd round picks in 2016? Heyward is one?
(Vic from Baltimore)
Guys in the third or fourth round who could push up to that level are George Springer, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado. Springer and Arenado probably fit what you're looking for: young guys who could hit that breakout. I like Heyward, but I'm not sure if he's going to provide enough speed to get there. 3rd/4th round value seems like the ceiling (although Michael Brantley seemed like this kind of guy and he did it last year). (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you keep Michael Brantley or George Springer in a keep forever league? Points league that benefits R and RBI for hitters, and I'm competing this year.
(Carl from Orlando)
Springer. (Sam Miller)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Some people say that they would rather have Michael Brantley than me. What do you think?
(Bryce Harper from DC)
I'm sure Josh Kusnick is one of those people but I am not. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are few guys you'd be buying/selling right now?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I guess I don't necessarily keep a list like this lying around, but off the top of my head...

I'm selling: Jesse Chavez, Chase Whitley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Gordon Beckham

I'm buying: Kole Calhoun, Ian Kennedy, Joey Votto, Michael Brantley, Will Smith (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen any signs that what Michael Brantley is doing is sustainable? Didn't see this amount of power coming from the guy.
(JohnnyFive from WA)
I LOOOOVED Brantley coming into this season. If I did a hitter's guide similar to my SP Guide, he might've been my Eovaldi or Kluber. I'd be lying if I said I saw 9 HRs on May 21st, but I'm not completely surprised by legitimate growth. His approach and evolution as a hitter showed some real upside even when it wasn't exactly in the numbers. Plus the fact that he doesn't do any one thing extremely well kept his price low even though it all added up to a really nice fantasy asset last year (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league, I have Norichika Aoki and Michael Brantley as my 3rd OF & top bench player (1B & DH spots are taken by Prince & Morneau). I have an offer to trade either one of them to upgrade my pitching staff (same trade, they're interchangeable). PECOTA prefers Aoki, but I'm worried he will regress heavily in 2013, do you have any thoughts?
(ttt from Manhattan)
Howdy, Triple-T. I'm with PECOTA here. I do see some regression for Aoki, but I don't think it will be heavy. The speed looks legitimate, and while I think he might slip in HR a little bit, the numbers overall should be similar. Brantley is the guy I'd move. The Indians offense is loaded, and while Baseball Prospectus's own Jason Martinez has Brantley and Drew Stubbs both starting, I wouldn't be surprised to see Brantley not play quite as much as he did last year. Plus, Brantley doesn't really do any one thing especially well. I think this is a no brainer. I don't know what your offer is, but I'd move Brantley. (Mike Gianella)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank em please: Brantly, Markakis, Pagan, Torres
(Ralph from Arlington)
I think you've got the order right there. Michael Brantley, Nick Markakis, Angel Pagan, Andres Torres. Brantley and Markakis are close, but I'd probably go Brantley first. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Derek, currently trying to work a deal for Michael Brantley as I'm high him to finish strong. What are your thoughts on him for this season and moving forward in 2012-2013 season? Thanks...
(lvhawk from LV, KS)
I like him for sure. Pretty good speed, leads off, should hit for a good AVG. I like him for future years too if he entrenches himself as a legit leadoff guy with 25-30 SB speed. Given his speed and good on-base skills, I think that's pretty likely to happen. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these speed options: Rajai Davis, Julio Borbon, Michael Brantley, Brett Gardner. Thanks!
(Pat from NJ)
Fantasy: Borbon, Davis, Brantley, Gardner -- based purely on playing time. Real life 2010 (if I was picking guys for my team): Borbon, Gardner, Davis, Brantley. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Andy Marte deserve a starting spot on the Indians next year? And what is the perception of Grady Sizemore? Still a top ten player to build around?
(Andy from Saskatoon)
He deserves consideration, anyway. The Indians' LF/1B/3B situation might need clarity, which I would provide with a long overdue trade of Jhonny Peralta. That still leaves Matt LaPorta, who ends up at first once Michael Brantley is deemed ready. Not sure Marte can fade all this competition. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableMichael Brantley up for the Indians. So our readers know, his agent is Josh Kusnick, who had been writing some highly entertaining stuff for us this year. Kusnick also reps Phillie Rule 5 pick David Herndon, who made the Phillies roster out of spring training. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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