Giants add catcher Brantly on minors deal

The San Francisco added another catcher to their roster, this time adding Rob Brantly. Brantly comes to back to the West Coast for the first time since graduating from University of California Riverside. He was first drafted by the Nationals in the 46th round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft but didn't sign. He re-entered the draft in 2010 and was chosen by the Tigers in the 3rd round and spent his first couple seasons in their minor league system.

The 30 year old was traded to the Marlins along with Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. While in Miami he appeared in 67 games and hit .211 with 1 home run and 18 runs batted in as well as 9 doubles. Brantly was designated for assignment in the Winter of 2014 and picked up by the White Sox and played in just 14 games totaling only 1 home run and 6 RBIs. He was then signed by the Mariners and spent a year in Tacoma before being then signed by the Reds and again signed by the White Sox in 2017. He never made it back to the major leagues until after Braves and Indians both took a stab at the catcher in their minor league system.

Brantly signed with the the Phillies in 2018 on a minor league deal and spent all of 2017-2018 playing with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and hit .314 with 6 homers and 28 runs batted in for only playing in 82 games. He made it back to the majors while with the Phillies last year but in his only at bat he struck out in a 4-0 loss to the Nationals.

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