A bit of minor news broke Monday afternoon amid all of the big-time White Sox hot stove rumors, as the club claimed catcher Rob Brantly off waivers, per Dan Hayes. Brantly comes over from the Miami Marlins, where he was once thought to be the catcher of the future. Before that, he was a high-end prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ system.
After two down years at the plate, the buzz surrounding Brantly has waned. The “work in progress” tag has been attached to his defense for too long now, and without production at the plate, he isn’t much of a prospect at all.
With that being said, he’s shown before that he knows how to hit. As a late-season call up in 2012, Brantly hit .290/.372/.460 over 113 at-bats for the Fish. He’d had some success, albeit sprinkled sporadically over a few seasons, while in the minors, but that stint in the big leagues is how he found himself factored into the Marlins’ plans.
Unfortunately, Brantly had a disastrous 2013 campaign for both the Marlins and AAA affiliate New Orleans. Over 243 big league plate appearances, he hit just .211/.263/.265 and was only able to muster a .186/.219/.271 line over 74 Triple-A PA’s.
The good news for Brantly? He’s a left-handed hitting catcher. After taking a step forward in 2014 (.255/.291/.341), it’s not surprising he finds himself with the White Sox, a team that needs lefty hitters and a catcher.
I wouldn’t expect for this signing to amount to much, if anything at all for the good guys, but it’s still a move worth making. Brantly joins a list of possible catchers that includes Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto, Josh Phegley, and Kevan Smith. Bleh.
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