Tigers prospect Brantly joins Futures roster

Tigers prospect Brantly joins Futures roster

ARLINGTON -- The Tigers will have three prospects in the All-Star Futures Game for the first time, as catcher Rob Brantly was added to the U.S. roster on Wednesday to replace injured Blue Jays backstop Travis d'Arnaud.

Brantly will join fellow Tigers prospects Nick Castellanos and Bruce Rondon, both of whom were named to the original rosters for U.S. and World Teams, respectively, last week.

While Castellanos and Rondon were just recently promoted from Class A Lakeland to Double-A Erie, Brantly began the year at Erie before earning a promotion to Triple-A Toledo when Alex Avila was injured a few weeks ago.

Add up the numbers between the SeaWolves and Mud Hens, and Brantly entered Wednesday with a .300 batting average, 18 doubles, three homers and 29 RBIs in 65 games, good for a .762 OPS. Much of that hitting came in a torrid opening month at Erie, but he has held his own since arriving at Toledo.

The 22-year-old Brantly, a third-round pick of the Tigers in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, will be the first Tigers catcher at the Futures Game since Mike Rivera in 2001.

The All-Star Futures Game will be held on All-Star Sunday, July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City at 5 p.m. ET.