Rob Brantly
C FA
2 months ago

Brantly was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, and will become a minor-league free agent following the conclusion of the 2017 season.

EDGE Analysis

Brantly spent a majority of the 2017 season in Triple-A, but wound up appearing in 14 games at the big-league level with Chicago. During that span, the catcher went 9-for-31 from the plate with one double, two home runs and five RBI. This move takes Brantly off the 40-man roster, dropping Chicago to 33 for the time being, as he becomes a free agent.

Rob Brantly
C FA
2 months ago

Brantly went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

This was Brantly's first homer and second extra-base hit since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte in late August. He's appeared in 12 games (seven starts), but has yet to start consecutive games. If you're trolling for catching help in the final days of the season, you should look past the 28-year-old Brantly.

Rob Brantly
C FA
3 months ago

Brantly had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Brantly was summoned to the White Sox to take the place of Nicky Delmonico, who was sent to the disabled list with a sprained wrist in a corresponding move. He's put together a respectable .290/.350/.442 slash line with 10 homers in 82 games between Triple-A Louisville and Charlotte. If he performs well, he could earn some at-bats as the designated hitter while Delmonico is on the shelf.

Rob Brantly
C FA
5 months ago

The White Sox signed Brantly to a minor-league contract Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Brantly, who was recently released by the Reds, will get another chance to win a major-league role with a familiar club. He was with the White Sox in 2015, running through the minors with a .310/.335/.483 combined line with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte but batting just .121/.167/.242 in 36 plate appearances. Given how underwhelming Chicago's catcher picture has been, he could work his way back up to the majors before the end of the 2017 season.

Rob Brantly
C FA
5 months ago

The Reds released Brantly on Friday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantly holds a career major-league line of .225/.286/.317 in 392 plate appearances but rattled off a .298/.335/.435 stint in 179 plate appearances for Triple-A Louisville this season. Perhaps the soon-to-be 28-year-old will garner interest from another organization. Meanwhile, for Cincinnati, Stuart Turner likely will stick as the No. 3 option behind Devin Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart.

Rob Brantly
C FA
8 months ago

Brantly was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following this move, Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner now appears locked in as the backup to Tucker Barnhart to begin the year with Devin Mesoraco (hip) still working himself back to full strength. Brantly, a .225/.286/.317 career hitter at the major league level, went 10-for-31 with two doubles, four walks and five strikeouts in 19 Cactus League games.

Rob Brantly
C FA
8 months ago

The Reds will go north with only two catchers and won't consider beginning the season with three catchers.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't mean that the team won't consider adding Brantly to the team, but rather they will either have Devin Mesoraco up to speed enough that he can catch half the time, or he'll begin the year on the DL. Given that Mesoraco just started game action Sunday, this remains an open issue.

Rob Brantly
C FA
11 months ago

Brantly signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old catcher has made a few appearances in the big leagues, although he hasn't been able to translate his bat to the majors for the most part. Pair this with the plethora of other catchers in the Reds system, and it seems like Brantly will spend another year as organizational depth.

Rob Brantly
C FA
1 year ago

Brantly could get called up to replace the injured Steve Clevenger as the backup to Chris Iannetta.

EDGE Analysis

Mike Zunino is also a possibility, but the Mariners might not want to interrupt his development plan just to catch a couple games a week in Seattle. The left-handed Brantly is batting .243 with six home runs in 40 games for Triple-A Tacoma. He's a career .225 hitter in the majors in 112 games, the last being a 14-game stint with the White Sox last September.

Rob Brantly
C FA
2 years ago

Brantly cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley was designated for assignment Sunday, and now that he has gone through waivers unclaimed, he'll head to the minor leagues. The catcher hasn't been very impressive at the major league level in his career, but he could be called back up to Seattle if something happens to either backstop at the major league level.