One of the Indians bright young outfielders is 24-year-old Michael Brantley. The center fielder is expected to bat lead off for the tribe in 2012.
Brantley is entering his fourth year of experience in the big leagues. Last season, he put up career bests in all categories with 7 home runs, 46 RBI, and 63 runs scored while batting .266.
Brantley also shows his versatility last year as he is able to play all three outfield spots and bat anywhere in the lineup.
He will again see the most at-bats of his career and with Brantley playing everyday he is primed to but career bests in every offensive category.
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