So I’m reviewing all 45 players on the San Francisco Giants, and doing so in alphabetical order. And today is ... umm ... Rob Brantly.
1 game, 3 plate appearances, .000/.000/.000, .000 OPS, 0 home runs, 0 RBI, 0 walks to 0 strikeouts
-100 OPS+, -100 wRC+, -0.1 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR
Status throughout the season
Brantly made the Opening Day roster, and was designated for assignment five days later. In August, he was traded to the New York Yankees for cash.
Uhh ... umm ... oh, I’m sorry, am I supposed to have words to put here? Well, uhh ...
Brantly was never supposed to play much of a role this year. The Giants brought him to Spring Training on a Minor League deal, and he was set to battle Tyler Heineman for the chance to back up Buster Posey. Heineman had the advantage from the get-go, as a switch-hitter and likely better player.
Not only was Brantly fighting that battle, but he had Joey Bart breathing down his neck, as well as an intriguing young camp option in Chadwick Tromp.
Ultimately Posey opted out, Bart wasn’t ready, and Tromp got injured prior to Opening Day, and as a result, Brantly joined Heineman on the roster when the season began. But the team clearly favored Heineman, as Brantly appeared on only one game in the opening series, before getting DFA’d when Tromp was healthy.
And that was really it. I wish I had more to say.
Role in 2021
Brantly is no longer in the organization, and given that the Giants have Posey, Bart, Tromp, and Aramis Garcia, and have talked openly about signing a veteran catcher, I think it’s safe to say that Brantly’s role in 2021 can be classified as “not being involved with the Giants.”
Brantly didn’t do anything for the Giants on the field, but he added insurance when they needed it, and then netted them some cash in a trade. It could be worse.
How would you grade Rob Brantly’s season?
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