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Marlins to give Rob Brantly a look behind the plate

Aug 12, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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While right-hander Jacob Turner, the biggest piece the Marlins received from the Tigers in last month’s Anibal SanchezOmar Infante deal, continues to toil in the minors, the Marlins announced Sunday that they’re going to give his batterymate, Rob Brantly, an opportunity starting Tuesday.

Brantly will be called up to replace fellow catcher Brett Hayes on the roster and presumably will share time with big disappointment John Buck the rest of the way.

Buck, in the middle year of a three-year, $18 million contract, is hitting just .186/.302/.325 with eight homers and 30 RBI in 274 at-bats this season. He figures to play mostly against lefties for now, with the lefty-swinging Brantly getting an opportunity against righties.

Brantly, 23, has hit .298/.340/.412 with five homers and 41 RBI in 362 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A this year. He’s been on fire since the trade, batting .365/.389/.558 with two homers in 52 at-bats for Triple-A New Orleans. While he’ll probably never contend for Gold Gloves or turn into a legitimate middle-of-the-order guy, he could become an average starting catcher in time. At the very least, his decent left-handed bat should lead to a long career as a backup.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I doubt if at this point the Feesh can spell relief “B-r-a-n-t-l-e-y,” but how much worse can it be than what they’ve been dealing with so far? Black Hole Buck has been a disaster, Brett Hayes has forgotten how to get a ball out of the infield, and this is an opportune time, the season being as lost as a case of Beefaroni in a Donner Party supply wagon, to see how their acquisitions might pan out.

  2. scratchnsniffnblog - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    They need to do something interesting. I can’t take another episode of The Franchise with the players’ wives gabbing for half the show. I hear Chad Johnson is looking for a new TV gig.

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