Rob Brantly had one of the more successful years in the Miami Marlins farm system in 2012. After a pretty good year in the minors, he was given the opportunity to spend the last month of the season with the Marlins of the major leagues, splitting time behind the plate with John Buck.
Brantly was part of the trade with the Detroit Tigers that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Motown, coming over with fellow prospect Jacob Turner. He did not have a great year in 2011, but a change of scenary with Miami seemed to get him back on the right track. Brantly was ranked as the No. 10 best prospect in the Marlins system by MLB.com, No. 7 in the Tigers organization by Baseball America and No. 10 by Baseball Prospectus.
In 96 minor league games this season, Brantly batted .298, hit five home runs and recorded 41 RBI. When he was with the Marlins, Brantly hit .290 with three home runs and eight RBI; that said, he still needs some seasoning to become better.
The Marlins have a few issues to settle this off-season. One of those issues is at the catching position: Brantly and Buck will be fighting to start as catcher in 2013, with Buck going into the final year of a three-year contract and Brantly as an upcoming starter within the organization.
Picking either of them is a crapshoot, and the decision will have to be determined by the manager. Brantly could be a starter of the future for the Marlins, but another season as a backup would do him well also.
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