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Indians | Michael Brantley emerging as leader

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley is emerging as a leader on and off the field. Manager Terry Francona wants him to embrace the role this season. "That's exactly what I told him, to just be himself," Francona said Wednesday, March 27. "He doesn't have a ton of time in the big leagues, but that doesn't mean he can't do that. I would love for guys to follow his example. He does everything right. He's easy, man. You just wind him up, let him go play and see how good he can be."

Fantasy Tip: Brantley's numbers have improved across the board in each of the past three seasons. His average has risen from .246 to .266 to .288 over the past three seasons. His one-base percentage (.296, .318, .348), slugging percentage (.327, .384, .402) and OPS (.623, .702, .750) have each followed suit. While he won’t hit for a ton of power, he is a solid AL-only fantasy option, and a low-end outfield option in mixed formats.

2013-03-27 21:06:03 | Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian

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