ARLINGTON -- Two issues on the Michael Brantley scouting report at Triple-A Columbus concerned the Indians. Brantley, optioned down to the Clippers in mid-April, wasn't stealing many bases, and he wasn't hitting for power.
Brantley, however, addressed both of those issues in the couple of weeks that preceded his promotion back to the bigs on Sunday, when he joined the active roster in the wake of an injury to Shin-Soo Choo. In his last 10 games with Columbus, he had four doubles and a homer, as well as four steals in five attempts.
On the basepaths, Brantley said he discovered that Triple-A teams adjusted to his speed (he had stolen 46 bases in Triple-A in 2009), and he had to make the adjustment back.
"Every time I got on, they would make a pickoff attempt two or three times and slide-step," Brantley said. "They threw a lot of fastballs away in offspeed counts. It really made me pay more attention. I had to get better jumps."
In the power department, Brantley said he made two changes to his swing.
"I got my front foot down faster," he said. "That helped me see the ball coming and get a better swing through the ball. I also kept my hands away from my body. That gave me more power up top."
Brantley, 23, should have plenty of opportunity to see if these adjustments will carry over into the big leagues. Manager Manny Acta plans to use him as the regular in center field and at the top of the order.