Before getting bogged down by how much will Michael Brantley ’s signing with Houston affect playing time for the roster, do not overlook how his presence will enhance this lineup. Brantley returned to form last season with 89 runs, 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .309/.364/.468 slash line in 570 at-bats. Not only did he remain healthy, but Brantley turned in a career best 37.1 hard hit rate, repeated his double digit home run per fly ball rate from 2017 and maintained his pristine plate discipline.

Among all qualified hitters in 2018, Brantley finished tied for 11th in walks to strikeout ratio (0.80), first in Z-Contact (contact in the strike zone), first in contact percentage (90.9) and lowest in swinging strike percentage (four percent). For his career, Brantley’s recorded a 91.2 contact percentage, a 3.6 swinging strike percentage and 96.1 Z-Contact rate.

While it’s a smaller sample size, Brantley’s command of the strike zone can be seen in this zone profile...