Michael Charles Brantley Jr.
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.
- High School Fort Pierce Central High School
- Debut September 1, 2009
Brantley was signed by Brewers scout Larry Pardo as a 7th round pick in the 2005 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the Indians in 2009. He started with a bang, picking up 7 hits in his first 19 at-bats for a .368 average after 5 games.
In 2012, Brantley had a 22-game hitting streak for the Indians. He had a career year in 2014. He hit .327 with 45 doubles and 20 homers in 156 games that season, scoring 94 runs and driving in 97. He was an All-Star for the first time and also won a Silver Slugger Award that season.
Brantley missed most of the 2016 season to an injury, being limited to 11 games. He missed the Indians' run to the 2016 World Series as a result. However, he made a remarkable comeback in 2017 as he was named to the All-Star team for the second time and was one of the offensive leaders as the Indians led the AL Central. On August 8th, however, he was placed on the disabled list with an injury to his right ankle. The Indians were concerned enough that they traded for OF Jay Bruce the next day. Indeed, by late September, Brantley still had not returned and the Indians were conceding that there was little chance he would play again this season, even if the Indians went deep in the postseason. In 88 games, he had hit .299 with 9 homers and 52 RBIs. However, with two games left to play, he was reactivated so that the team could test whether he would be able to contribute in the postseason. He was not 100% and the Indians would probable have preferred not to have to use him, but an injury to DH Edwin Encarnacion in Game 2 of the ALDS forced them to turn to Brantley. He went just 1 for 11 as the Indians were shockingly eliminated in five games. After the season, he underwent surgery on his right ankle.
His cousin is Justin Brantley.
- 2-time AL All-Star (2014 & 2017)
- AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2014)
- AL Doubles Leader (2015)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2014)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (2014)
- Jordan Bastian: "Indians to carefully monitor Brantley's pace: Francona says club will be conservative with outfielder who played 11 games in 2016", mlb.com, February 14, 2017. 
- Anthony Castrovince: "Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers", mlb.com, April 26, 2017.