Mets yesterday signed right-hander Justin Brantley to round out the bullpen at Double-A Binghamton. He’s the nephew of ex-big leaguer Mickey Brantley and cousin of talented Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley.

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RHP Justin Brantley

R/R, 5’11” 167 lbs, 3/5/1991 (26), Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 2016, played for Independent League New Jersey Jackals in 2016

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev Aff ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WHIP
2014 23 1.1 Lake County A CLE 1.31 25 2 41.1 31 7 6 3 15 1 47 1.113
2015 24 1.1 Lynchburg A+ CLE 2.84 39 2 69.2 53 23 22 2 20 0 65 1.048
2016 25 0.5 Akron AA CLE 7.47 12 0 15.2 21 16 13 3 14 0 14 2.234

Justin Brantley has major league bloodlines between Michael Brantley being his cousin and Mickey Brantley being his uncle, but still went undrafted out of Siena College and then was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 2014. The Righthander did pretty well in 64 appearances between full season-A and A-Advanced before being cut after 12 appearances in Double-A, and was signed by  the Jackals on June 7th. While having a cog missing in the Double-A Relief Squad, the Mets signed him yesterday to a minor league deal.

Brantley has a slight slender build, being on the shorter side at 5’11” and weighing around 167 pounds, making his build reminiscent to some of Pedro Martinez without the crazy stuff that made Pedro a Hall of Famer. His fastball comes in around 92-94 miles per hour. He also features a slider, cutter and changeup, but can struggle with control at times.

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