The Cubs organization liked what the saw in Michael Brenly so much they drafted him twice. The Cubs picked Brenly the first time in the 43rd round back in 2005 then took him again in the 36th round three years later.
Brenly is the son of Len Kasper’s broadcast partner and one of the candidates to succeed Lou Piniella in the Cubs dugout. Michael’s father Bob, a former Major League catcher and part-time third baseman, is currently in his second stint in the Cubs broadcast booth.
Brenly had his 21-game hitting streak come to an end last week, as well as his stretch of reaching base in 25 straight. Brenly’s line this season: .313/.374/.405/.779 with 11 doubles and four home runs. Brenly is solid defensively and has caught 31% of would be base stealers in his three seasons behind the plate.
Brenly is not a power hitter, despite his 6’3 210-pound frame. He can hit the long ball from time to time and the occasional double, but he is more of a singles hitter with decent plate discipline. Unless he develops more of a power stroke he projects to be a back up catcher … if he makes it to the big leagues.
If he possesses half the baseball knowledge of his father he has the potential to be a solid back up, backstop someday.
Full Name: Michael Brenly
Age: 23 (October 14, 1986)
Height: 6′ 3″
Position: Catcher/First Base
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