2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Michael Brantley
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 20920 MLB season.
Representing the undervalued veterans with batting average protection does not prove to be a sexy attribute in average draft position. Michael Brantley could be a poster boy for this despite slashing .311/.372/.503 last year with 88 runs, 22 home runs, 90 RBI and three stolen bases in 148 contests. His outfield defense can leave something to be desired, but health allowed Brantley his most games played since 2014 and his elite plate discipline yields upside for team’s with risky hitters.
Not only did Brantley own an eight percent walk percentage versus a 10.4 strikeout rate, he puts together great at-bats. Brantley ranked second among his peers in swinging strike percentage (four percent), contact percent (90.8) and Z-Contact (in the strike zone) with a robust 95.8 percent. Hitting in a loaded lineup provides valuable counting statistics such as runs and RBI for Brantley.
According to Statcast, Brantley recorded 513 batted ball events with 30 barrels (5.8 percent), an 88.7...