Brantly could get called up to replace the injured Steve Clevenger as the backup to Chris Iannetta. Mike Zunino is also a possibility, but the Mariners might not want to interrupt his development plan just to catch a couple games a week in Seattle. The left-handed Brantly is batting .243 with six home runs in 40 games for Triple-A Tacoma. He's a career .225 hitter in the majors in 112 games, the last being a 14-game stint with the White Sox last September.
Brantly cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Brantley was designated for assignment Sunday, and now that he has gone through waivers unclaimed, he'll head to the minor leagues. The catcher hasn't been very impressive at the major league level in his career, but he could be called back up to Seattle if something happens to either backstop at the major league level.
Brantly was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Sunday. The Mariners decided to go with Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger as their two catchers to open the season, leaving no room for Brantly on the roster. The team will now have 10 days to trade or release Brantly, but it's more likely the Mariners will try to pass him through waivers and then stash him at Triple-A Tacoma.
Brantly, who joined the Mariners only about two weeks ago, could win the backup catcher job, though Steve Clevenger is still the favorite, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Brantley joined the Mariners on March 12, but he has impressed with his play this spring. The Mariners traded Mark Trumbo and his contract for Clevenger, so it would be a little surprising if he doesn't win the job. Both players are out of options, but the Mariners likely will try to sneak one through waivers. Both are also left-handed to starter Chris Iannetta's right-handed bat. The backup figures to catch about 50-60 games.
Brantly was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Saturday. Brantly enters a catchers group high on depth but low on star power, with Chris Iannetta, Steve Clevenger, Mike Zunino, and Steve Baron all in the mix for playing time. Brantly, a career .225/.286/.317 hitter, will likely report to Triple-A Tacoma and hope for a 25-man spot to open sometime during the season.