Cleveland Indians
2014 Avg.
.322
 
Career Avg.
.284
Name  Michael Brantley
Born  5/15/1987
Height  6-2
Weight  200
Number  23
Position  LF
Bats  L
Throws  L
Hot7/8/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley had his fifth straight multi-hit game and his 14th homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brantley is now hitting .328 with 14 homers, 60 RBI, 59 runs, 10 steals and a .920 OPS. The 27-year-old is one of this year's breakout fantasy stars and he'll represent the AL in the All-Star game next week.
 
Hot7/4/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley broke up Yordano Ventura's shutout bid with a solo homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Royals.
Insight: Brantley went 2-for-4 Friday and is hitting .314 with 13 homers, 55 RBI, 57 runs, 10 steals, a 30/29 K/BB and an .891 OPS. There's nothing to dislike about Brantley.
 
Hot6/22/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Brantley has had a breakout season. He's already hit a career-high 11 homers with 46 RBI, 49 runs and nine steals. The outfielder has gone 65-for-179 (.363) with 14 doubles, seven homers, 29 RBI, 36 runs and five steals since the start of May.
 
6/21/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (concussion) pinch hit Friday night and has been installed in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley left Monday's game after banging his head on a hard slide into second base and began experiencing concussion symptoms. He singled in his return last night and should be ready to go. He's on a nine-game hitting streak.
 
6/20/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (concussion) is more likely to be back Saturday than Friday.
Insight: Brantley left Monday's game after banging his head on a hard slide into second base and began experiencing concussion symptoms during his pre-game routine on Tuesday. When he returns, he's on an eight-game hitting streak.
 
6/18/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (concussion) could be back Saturday, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Brantley left Monday's game after banging his head on a hard slide into second base and began experiencing concussion symptoms during his pre-game routine on Tuesday.
 
6/17/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (head) is displaying concussion-like symptoms, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Brantley left Monday's game after banging his head and neck on a hard slide into second base. He was initially in the lineup Tuesday, but the Indians sent him to a local hospital to undergo tests after he began experience symptoms during his pre-game routine.
 
6/17/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (head) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Brantley left Monday's game after banging his head and neck on a hard slide into second base. He was initially in the lineup Tuesday, but the Indians sent him to a local hospital to undergo tests.
 
6/17/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley left Monday's game after a hard slide at second base, but is back in the lineup for Tuesday night.
Insight: His exit appears to have been precautionary. Brantley is in the middle of a breakout season, batting .323 with 11 HR, 46 RBI, 49 runs and nine steals.
 
6/16/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley left Monday's game after a hard slide at second base. SOURCE: Joe Reedy, Fox Sports
Insight: His exit was precautionary. Mike Aviles (.259, 3 HR, 21 RBI) has come on to take Brantley's place in left field.
 
6/10/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Brantley has broken out this season, batting .307 with 10 homers, 43 RBI, 30 runs, eight steals and an .871 OPS. All that being true, he's still a questionable option in Tuesday's matchup.
 
Hot5/26/2014 7:24:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley has broken out this season, batting .302 with nine homers (one away from tying his career high), 38 RBI, 30 runs, seven steals and an .883 OPS. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
 
Hot5/21/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley continued his hot-hitting ways with four hits in seven at-bats Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Brantley hit a walk-off solo homer Monday night and drove in three runs Wednesday to help Cleveland sweep Detroit. The outfielder has broken out this season, batting .302 with nine homers (one away from tying his career high), 36 RBI, 26 runs, six steals and an .893 OPS.
 
Hot5/20/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Indians hot-hitting left fielder Michael Brantley is a career .390 hitter against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander (16-for-41).
Insight: Brantley has homered in two straight games and is batting .412 over the past week. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
 
Hot5/19/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a walk-off solo homer off Al Alburquerque of the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday night.
Insight: Brantley has homered in two straight games and is now just one away from tying his career high of 10 home runs, which he accomplished in 2013 in 556 at-bats. He's hit nine in 161 at-bats this season.
 
5/18/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley reached base four times in Sunday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: He walked twice and also collected a pair of hits including his eighth home run of the season. The 27-year-old is on pace for 29 HR and 118 RBI. Both would be career-highs.
 
5/16/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley (back) will return to the lineup Friday, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Brantley left Wednesday's game with mid-back tightness and didn't play Thursday. The outfielder had a career-high 10 homers last season and is already three away from tying it.
 
5/15/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley left Wednesday's game with mid-back tightness and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Brantley had a career-high 10 homers last season and is already three away from tying it. Ryan Raburn, Michael Bourn and David Murphy will man the outfield. Raburn has shown nothing this season, batting just .176 with no homers.
 
5/14/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley left Wednesday's game with mid-back tightness, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: Brantley had a career-high 10 homers last season and is just three away from tying it already this season. Cleveland also had Nyjer Morgan, who replace Brantley, leave with a mild right knee sprain, so the Indians may be short on outfielders Thursday.
 
Hot5/8/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Thursday afternoon against the Twins.
Insight: Brantley has hit safely in eight straight games and is batting .289 with six home runs, 29 RBI, 19 runs and four steals. The 26-year-old batted .284 with 10 home runs, 73 RBI, 66 runs and 17 steals last year.