Brantly riding a hot streak

Brantly riding a hot streak

Brantly riding a hot streak
MIAMI -- It's natural for rookies to be a bit overanxious.

When they break into the big leagues, sometimes they try too hard to make an immediate impact.

Marlins catcher Rob Brantly is no different.

Brantly recalls his first MLB at-bat, which came on Aug. 14 against the Phillies at Marlins Park.

In the second inning, Brantly struck out swinging against Kyle Kendrick.

"I was really over-antsy when I first got here," the 23-year-old said. "I've always been kind of a high-energy guy. When I get over-amped, that's when I get into trouble.

"I was facing Kendrick my first day. I will never forget my first at-bat. I came back in and said, 'Man, how am I swinging through those changeups?' Everybody looked at me, and said, 'Changeups? They're coming in at 91, 92 [miles per hour].' My mind was going so quick. I was swinging at the ball right out of [his] hand."

Brantly is now settling into being in the big leagues. The left-handed-hitting rookie extended his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the second inning on Saturday night against the Reds.

The Marlins acquired Brantly from the Tigers on July 23 as part of the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade.

The Marlins are giving Brantly a look now to see if he will be ready to play on a regular basis in 2013.

Brantly has hit at every level, and once he gained some confidence, it was a matter of time before he had results in the big leagues.

"It's a long season," Brantly said. "During the season, you go through peaks and valleys. You try and ride your peaks out as long as you can, and minimize the valleys."