Full name is Robert Jacob Brantly…hit .316 (48-for-152) in 42 games as a freshman at the University of California-Riverside in 2009, with 4HR and 23RBI…earned All-Big West Conference honors as a sophomore at UC-Riverside, batting .373 (78- for-209) with 50 runs, 18 doubles, one triple, 7HR and 39RBI in 54 games…graduated from Chaparral (CA) High School.
Made the Opening Day roster for the Giants and was 0-for-3 in one game before being designated for assignment on 7/28…was outrighted to San Francisco’s Alternate Site on 8/1…was acquired by the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations on 8/25 and assigned to the Alternate Site as part of the club’s 60-man player pool.
Signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on December 21...hit .314 with 13 doubles, six homers and 28 RBI in 82 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley... Had his contract purchased on July 12 and appeared in one game for the Phillies as a pinch-hitter...was designated for assignment on July 13.
Began the season with Gwinnett (AAA) l Was on the DL with a hip contusion, 5/19-25 l Released by ATL on 7/14 l Signed by CLE on 7/21 and assigned to Columbus (AAA) l Played in 16 games after being signed.
Started the season in Cincinnati's organization before ending with Chicago (AL)…Appeared in 14 games with the White Sox and made five starts…Also tossed one inning on the mound...Began the year with Triple-A Louisville, and hit .298 (50-for-168) over 46 games…Cincinnati released him on 6/29 and he signed a minor-league deal with Chicago that same day. ..Reported to Triple-A Charlotte and hit .286 (34-for-119) in 37 games…Combined to hit .293 (84-for-287) in 83 games at Triple-A...The White Sox selected his contract on 8/26 and he remained with the club for the remainder of the season...Tossed the ninth inning in an 11-2 loss vs. CLE on 9/7…Allowed a home run while retiring the other three batters he faced.
In spring training was claimed off waivers by the Mariners...was designated for assignment on 4/3 and 3 days later was outrighted to Sea's Class AAA affiliate in Tacoma, where he spent the season...made 60 apps and 56 starts behind the plate...also made 1 appearance at 3B and 18 apps at DH...in August spent a week on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle...following the season became a minor league free agent...played for Cibao in the Dominican Winter League (15g, .114, 1 2b, 3rbi)...on 12/3 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2017 Major League spring training camp
- Appeared in 14 games with the White Sox after spending most of the season in the minor leagues.
- Made nine starts at catcher … threw out 2-3 attempted basestealers … pitchers recorded a 3.83 ERA (37 ER/87.0 IC) when he was behind the plate.
- Was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte on 9/1 and made his Sox debut on 9/2 at Minnesota, striking out as a pinch hitter.
- Made his first start with the White Sox as the catcher on 9/6 at Kansas City … hit his first home run with the Sox on 9/8 vs. Cleveland, a three-run shot off Carlos Carrasco … recorded a RBI in back-to-back starts on 9/16 vs. Oakland and 9/19 at Cleveland.
- Hit .310 (63-203) with eight homers and 38 RBI in 53 games between Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte … threw out 28.8 percent (15-52) of attempted basestealers.
- Began the season on the disabled list (avulsion fracture in left thumb) … was sent to Birmingham on a rehabilitation assignment on 5/28, reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to the Barons on 6/1.
- Hit .325 (38-117) with six doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI in 30 games with the Barons … went 12-26 (.462) with seven RBI vs. left-handers before being promoted to Charlotte.
Spent the entire season with Class AAA New Orleans in the Miami Marlins organization...Threw out 28.4 percent (23-81) of attempted basestealers...Hit .271 (46-170) over 45 road games, compared to .242 (47-194) in 56 games at home...Batted .284 (19-67) with 12 RBI over 18 games in April...Collected season highs with five hits and five RBI on 4/14 at Oklahoma City … recorded a season-high, 11-game hitting streak from 5/24-6/10 (.364, 16-44)...Hit .207 (18-87) with 11 RBI over his last 24 games, compared to .285 (41-144) with 11 RBI in his previous 42...Was claimed by the White Sox off waivers on 12/8.
Opened season with Miami, appearing in 59 games prior to being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on August 8. Returned to Miami on September 3, appearing in eight games to finish the season. In second game of April 23 doubleheader against Minnesota, recorded a careerbest four RBI in a 3x5 effort (2 2b). Set a career high with four hits on June 8 at Citi Field against Mets. Also, established a Club record by catching all 20 innings. According to STATS LLC, was just fifth player since 1921 to catch 20 innings and record four hits in same game. Became just third player in Marlins history to catch at least 15 innings in a game, and only player to do so twice in same season: June 8 (20) at Citi Field and April 29 (15) at Marlins Park. Other players were Gregg Zaun (17 on June 8, 1998 vs. Toronto) and Mike Redmond (15.2 on July 12, 2002 at Cubs).
Came to Miami as part of midseason trade that sent RHP Anibal Sanchez and INF Omar Infante to Detroit on July 23...Began season with Double-A Erie, and in 46 games posted a .311 average (56-for-180) with 16 doubles, one triple, three homeruns and 24 RBIs...Earned promotion to Triple-A Toledo on June 6, hitting .254 (33-for-130) with four doublesand six RBIs in 36 games...Posted three-hit games in three of first seven contests against Triple-A pitching, but only tallied another four multihit games before trade...Following trade, was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans and hit .365 (19-for-52) with seven runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBIs and 29 total bases in 14 games...Totaled at least one hit (five multihit games) in 12 of 14 games with Zephyrs prior to having contract selected by Miami on Aug. 13...Made Major League debut on Aug. 14 vs. Philadelphia, going 0-for-3...Began career with just two hits in first 17 at-bats (.118) before posting a .325 average (27-for-83) over final 26 games...Started 28 of Miami's final 46 games after having contract selected...Recorded first Major League hit on Aug. 16 at Colorado, a sixth-inning double off Adam Ottavino...First ML home run came in fifth inning on Aug. 26 at Dodger Stadium, a two-run homer off Aaron Harang...Recorded a season-best three hits on Sept. 17 vs. Atlanta...From date of his debut, .290 batting average (29-for-100) ranked sixth among National League catchers (min. 113 PA)...Had a nine-game hitting streak from Sept. 6-19, where he batted .448 (13-for-29)with four doubles, a home run, three RBIs and a .568 OBP...Streak tied Wilin Rosario for longest of season by a rookie catcher, and fell one short of tying club record for any catcher...Went down swinging just 16 times in 113 plate appearances, only recording two strikeouts in a game one time: Aug. 18 at Colorado.
Selected to both the Midwest League's mid- and post-season all-star squads with West Michigan in 2011...Batted .339 (20x59) with four doubles, a home run and 12 RBI in 15 games during April...Collected a season-best four hits on July 20 versus Kane County...Hit .345 (20x58) with five doubles, a home run and six RBI in 15 games with West Michigan during July -- had his
contract transferred from West Michigan to Single A Lakeland for the remainder of the season on July 21...Named the seventh-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America...Saw action in 15 games with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League following the season, batting .388 (19x49) with five
doubles and seven RBI.
Made his professional debut with Single A West Michigan after being selected by the Tigers in the third round of the
June 2010 draft...Batted .300 (12x40) over the course of a 12-game hitting streak July 6-19...Compiled a season-best 16-game hitting streak July 23-August 14, batting .355 (22x62)...Saw action in three games with West Michigan during the Midwest League playoffs, hitting .385 (5x13)...Named the 21st-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.