FanGraphs: Going Inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement
FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan recently took a deep dive into Michael Brantley’s leap to an MVP candidate; here’s the link for the whole story.
- Between last year and this year, Michael Brantley has taken a mammoth step forward. But he’d already been making progress for a number of seasons, and now he’s reaping the benefits of discipline and controlled aggression. Brantley is still able to drop a single or a double into left or left-center. He’s also more able than ever to turn on a fastball and yank it into the right-field seats. There’s nothing dramatic here. There’s no swing overhaul. There’s no adjusted stance. Brantley always had the skills. Now he’s just figured out how to put them all together in the right way. The result’s been a guy who’s out-hitting Miguel Cabrera.
Brantley’s hit two walk-off homers this season, on May 19 vs. the Tigers (starting a sweep of the Tribe’s rival) and on Aug. 2 to beat Texas.
Guy’s been good.