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Michael Brantley LFIndians

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 2838 .289 .343 .411 .273 10
Birth Date5-15-1987
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 CLE 22 28 121 112 10 35 4 0 0 39 8 19 0 0 1 11 4 4 .312 .358 .348 .244 0.0 -1.3 -0.1
2010 CLE 23 72 325 297 38 73 9 3 3 97 22 38 0 2 4 22 10 2 .246 .296 .327 .222 0.2 -2.5 -0.2
2011 CLE 24 114 496 451 63 120 24 4 7 173 34 76 3 5 3 46 13 5 .266 .318 .384 .250 8.2 -4.3 0.4
2012 CLE 25 149 609 552 63 159 37 4 6 222 53 56 0 4 0 60 12 9 .288 .348 .402 .271 25.4 -11.5 1.5
2013 CLE 26 151 611 556 66 158 26 3 10 220 40 67 4 8 3 73 17 4 .284 .332 .396 .271 22.2 0.5 2.5
2014 CLE 27 156 676 611 94 200 45 2 20 309 52 56 8 5 0 97 23 1 .327 .385 .506 .323 59.4 -4.8 6.0
Career67028382579334745145164610602093121524113097925.289.343.411.273115.4-23.910.0

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 HEL Rk 10 40 .317 .291 .384 .462 .307 .367 106 1.7 0.8 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2006 WVA A 108 435 .301 .258 .336 .380 .264 .344 110 15 10.1 -2.2 -1.0 -0.1 20.3 2.0 20.3 2.0
2007 WVA A 56 255 .304 .271 .345 .415 .268 .364 111 12.4 7.6 -3.8 1.6 0.3 16.0 1.8 16.0 1.8
2007 HUN AA 59 223 .253 .263 .336 .399 .264 .281 95 -1.9 7.5 -1.8 2.1 2.3 7.6 1.0 7.6 1.0
2008 HUN AA 106 479 .274 .271 .347 .406 .257 .332 108 7.6 14.1 -1.8 4.9 2.8 24.5 2.9 24.5 2.9
2009 CLE MLB 28 121 .244 .263 .328 .415 .255 .376 102 -2.1 3.5 0 -1.3 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1
2009 COH AAA 116 528 .245 .262 .331 .391 .248 .282 114 -8.8 15.4 0.5 -0.4 4.1 11.3 1.1 11.3 1.1
2010 CLE MLB 72 325 .222 .261 .325 .410 .257 .271 106 -12.6 9.0 0.6 -2.5 3.5 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2
2010 COH AAA 67 316 .278 .265 .335 .415 .257 .337 109 6.4 9.7 -0.2 5.7 4.3 20.5 2.5 20.5 2.5
2011 CLE MLB 114 496 .250 .257 .320 .402 .258 .303 101 -5 13.4 -1.3 -4.3 0.5 8.2 0.4 8.2 0.4
2012 CLE MLB 149 609 .271 .254 .317 .406 .259 .310 99 6.9 16.7 1.3 -11.5 2.7 25.4 1.5 25.4 1.5
2013 CLE MLB 151 611 .271 .254 .315 .399 .263 .304 98 6.4 16.1 -3.8 0.5 2.4 22.2 2.5 22.2 2.5
2014 CLE MLB 156 676 .323 .257 .318 .397 .264 .333 102 40 17.4 -3 -4.8 5.1 59.4 6.0 59.4 6.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 HEL Rk 40 8 11 2 0 0 3 6 4 2 0 .324 .425 .382 .059 .317 1.9 -0.1 0.2
2006 WVA A 435 47 108 10 2 0 42 61 51 24 7 .300 .402 .339 .039 .301 20.3 -1.0 2.0
2007 WVA A 255 41 73 15 1 2 32 31 22 18 6 .335 .418 .440 .106 .304 16.0 1.6 1.8
2007 HUN AA 223 28 47 6 1 0 21 29 25 17 3 .251 .347 .294 .043 .253 7.6 2.1 1.0
2008 HUN AA 479 80 134 17 2 4 40 50 27 28 8 .319 .394 .398 .079 .274 24.5 4.9 2.9
2009 CLE MLB 121 10 35 4 0 0 11 8 19 4 4 .312 .358 .348 .036 .244 0.0 -1.3 -0.1
2009 COH AAA 528 80 122 21 2 6 37 59 48 46 5 .267 .347 .361 .094 .245 11.3 -0.4 1.1
2010 COH AAA 316 54 87 13 2 4 29 34 28 13 5 .319 .392 .425 .106 .278 20.5 5.7 2.5
2010 CLE MLB 325 38 73 9 3 3 22 22 38 10 2 .246 .296 .327 .081 .222 0.2 -2.5 -0.2
2011 CLE MLB 496 63 120 24 4 7 46 34 76 13 5 .266 .318 .384 .118 .250 8.2 -4.3 0.4
2012 CLE MLB 609 63 159 37 4 6 60 53 56 12 9 .288 .348 .402 .114 .271 25.4 -11.5 1.5
2013 CLE MLB 611 66 158 26 3 10 73 40 67 17 4 .284 .332 .396 .112 .271 22.2 0.5 2.5
2014 CLE MLB 676 94 200 45 2 20 97 52 56 23 1 .327 .385 .506 .178 .323 59.4 -4.8 6.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 489 0.5562 0.3422 0.9162 0.4522 0.2028 0.9593 0.7955 0.0838
2010 1311 0.5606 0.3725 0.9242 0.4898 0.2222 0.9583 0.8281 0.0758
2011 1926 0.5384 0.3821 0.8981 0.5140 0.2283 0.9456 0.7734 0.1005
2012 2118 0.5392 0.4079 0.9201 0.5718 0.2162 0.9556 0.8104 0.0787
2013 2239 0.5078 0.4172 0.9101 0.5937 0.2350 0.9541 0.7954 0.0899
2014 2398 0.4912 0.4182 0.9112 0.6019 0.2402 0.9577 0.7986 0.0888
Career104810.52480.40.91220.55690.22810.95440.79920.0873

Injury History

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
2018 CLE $1,000,000
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
4 yrPrevious$1,844,800
2011Current$2,375,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$4,219,800
4 yrFuture$22,625,000
9 yrTotal$26,844,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 131 dJoshua Kusnick4 years/$25M (2014-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 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.
  • 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.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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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