Brantly had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. Brantly was summoned to the White Sox to take the place of Nicky Delmonico, who was sent to the disabled list with a sprained wrist in a corresponding move. He's put together a respectable .290/.350/.442 slash line with 10 homers in 82 games between Triple-A Louisville and Charlotte. If he performs well, he could earn some at-bats as the designated hitter while Delmonico is on the shelf.
The White Sox signed Brantly to a minor-league contract Thursday. Brantly, who was recently released by the Reds, will get another chance to win a major-league role with a familiar club. He was with the White Sox in 2015, running through the minors with a .310/.335/.483 combined line with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte but batting just .121/.167/.242 in 36 plate appearances with the Pale Hose. Given how underwhelming Chicago's catcher picture has been, he could work his way back up to the majors before the end of the 2017 season.
The Reds released Brantly, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Brantly holds a career major-league line of .225/.286/.317 in 392 plate appearances but rattled off a .298/.335/.435 stint in 179 plate appearances for Triple-A Louisville this season. Perhaps the soon-to-be 28-year-old will garner interest from another organization. Meanwhile for Cincinnati, Stuart Turner likely will stick as the No. 3 option at catcher behind Devin Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart.
Brantly was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Following this move, Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner now appears locked in as the backup to Tucker Barnhart to begin the year with Devin Mesoraco (hip) still working himself back to full strength. Brantly, a .225/.286/.317 career hitter at the major-league level, went 10-for-31 with two doubles, four walks and five strikeouts in 19 Cactus League games.
The Reds will go north with only two catchers and won't consider beginning the season with three catchers, which leaves Brantly's status up in the air. This doesn't mean the team won't consider adding Brantly to the team; rather, either Devin Mesoraco will be ready to can catch half the time, or he'll begin the year on the DL. Given that Mesoraco just started game action Sunday, this remains an open issue.
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