Robert Jacob Brantly (born July 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox. Before beginning his professional career, Brantly played college baseball for the UC Riverside Highlanders.
Brantly attended Chaparral High School in Temecula, California. The Washington Nationals drafted Brantly in the 46th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, but Brantly did not sign. He opted to attend college, enrolling at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He played college baseball for the UCR Highlanders baseball team in the Big West Conference. In the summer after his freshman season, in 2009, he played collegiate summer baseball for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League, and was named the league's top prospect. In his sophomore season, Brantly was named to the Big West's first team.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Brantly in the third round, with the 100th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Class A Midwest League that season, recording a .251 batting average in 52 games played. He returned to West Michigan to start the 2011 season. Named to the Midwest League All-Star Game, he was promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in July.
Brantly played for the Erie Seawolves of the Class AA Eastern League and the Toledo Mud Hens of the Class AAA International League to start the 2012 season. He was named to appear in the All-Star Futures Game.
On July 23, 2012, Brantly, Jacob Turner, and Brian Flynn, were traded to the Miami Marlins for Aníbal Sánchez and Omar Infante. After playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, the Marlins promoted Brantly to the major leagues on August 13. He made his Major League debut on August 14, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished with a .290 average in 31 games, due to this showing he opened the 2013 season as the Marlins opening day catcher. He struggled offensively for Miami, hitting just .211 while also dealing with injuries. He spent the entire 2014 season at the AAA level.
Chicago White Sox
On December 8, 2014, the Chicago White Sox claimed Brantly from the Marlins off of waivers.
The Seattle Mariners claimed Brantly off waivers from the White Sox on March 12, 2016. On April 3, Brantly was designated for assignment after losing the backup catcher competition to Steve Clevenger.
On December 3, 2016, Brantley was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a minor league contract. He was released on June 29.
Second Stint With White Sox
The Chicago White Sox signed him to a minor league deal on the same day. On October 9, 2017, Brantly elected free agency.
He signed with the Atlanta Braves on December 22. He was released on July 15, 2018.
On July 21, 2018, Brantly signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.