Nothing like hitting for catcher Brantly

JUPITER, Fla. -- Defense and handling the pitching staff may be the highest priorities for any regular catcher.

Still, to Miami catcher Rob Brantly, there is nothing like hitting.

Brantly is a promising hitter who has a solid approach, and he's willing to take his walks. A left-handed hitter, he batted .290 with three homers and eight RBIs in 100 at-bats for the Marlins last year. Brantly spent most of the season in the Minor Leagues, where he combined to hit .298 with five homers and 41 RBIs.

"I love to hit," Brantly said. "I'd be lying if I didn't say it wasn't a lot of players' favorite part of the game -- to get out there and take their hacks. I trust my process. I trust my abilities to hit. My swing, even now, is good. It feels like it's in a good place."

Brantly is excited to have the chance to work with hitting coach Tino Martinez.

"I think he has a lot of good things to bring to my game offensively," the 23-year-old catcher said. "It's only going to help me grow there and become a better hitter. I definitely trust my ability to hit."