Michael Brantley was top three in batting average this season but not in the top 50 players.
Michael Brantley doesn’t quite have the multi-postseason pedigree that some of his fellow Astros teammates have had. Brantley missed the 2016 Cleveland Baseball Team’s World Series run with a shoulder injury. Brantley, however, got his fair share of at-bats over the previous two postseason runs with the Astros in 2019 and 2020.
During those series, Brantley slashed .311/.391/.426 over 138 plate appearances. Not only has he been great at the plate. He may very well have one of the greatest defensive plays in recent Astros postseason history with a double play against the Astros’ biggest postseason rival, the Yankees.
While Brantley spent time on the injured list, he is coming off of one the best seasons of his long, successful career. Over 121 games, Brantley slashed .311/.362/.437. His .311 batting average was second only to his teammate, Gurriel, in the American League when the season ended this last weekend.