Acquired from the Detroit Tigers along with Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins Opening Day catcher Rob Brantly has been making the most of his time in the major leagues. Once he joined the Marlins, it did not take him too long to steal the starting catcher position away from John Buck last season. Brantly has quickly become the king of the backstop of the Marlins as they continue the quest to be relevant in baseball again at a time when the entire franchise in disarray after a crazy offseason.
Brantly, however, is one of the only ones that can safely say they liked the trades the Marlins made even if it did not make the team better. Brantly’s position at catcher was solidified when the Marlins traded Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays along with other superstars on the team. In 31 games for Miami, Brantly batted .290/.372/.460 with three home runs and eight RBI. His numbers were not overpowering, but coming into Spring Training it seemed he felt like he had a target on his back.
In 15 games this spring, Brantly is batting over .300 and has seven RBI to his credit. If there is a glimmer of hope for the future of the franchise, Brantly is one of the specs giving off the glimmer. This season we will see if Brantly can perform well with a half of a quarter of a season under his belt. He will have stiff competition behind him since the Marlins do have Kyle Skipworth waiting to get a crack at a major league starting lineup.