Mariners outright catcher Rob Brantly to AAA Tacoma
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has outrighted the contract of catcher Rob Brantly to AAA Tacoma.
Brantly, 26, was designated for assignment by Seattle on Sunday, April 3, when the Mariners set their Opening Day roster.
The Mariners had claimed Brantly off waivers from Chicago (AL) on March 12.
In 2015 season, Brantly fractured his left thumb in spring training, and opened the season on the disabled list. He returned to action on May 28, and appeared in 30 games with AA Birmingham and 23 games with AAA Charlotte. He combined to hit .310 (63x203) in the minors last season with 8 home runs and 38 RBI while throwing out 15 of 52 (28.8%) of base runners attempting to steal. Brantly was recalled to the White Sox on Sept. 1, appearing in 14 games with the big league club.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-handed hitting catcher has appeared in the Majors with Miami (2012-2013) as well as the White Sox (2015). In 112 career MLB games, he's a .225 hitter (80-for-356) with a .286 on-base percentage.
Brantly was originally signed by Detroit after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He was acquired by Miami from Detroit, along with Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn, in exchange for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante on July 23, 2012. He was claimed off waivers from Miami by the White Sox on Dec. 8, 2014.
In six minor league seasons, Brantly combined to hit .274 with 83 doubles, 6 triples, 29 home runs and 202 RBI in 436 games. He's posted a career minor league .321 on-base percentage to go with a .387 slugging mark.