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knowing how close Michael Brantley was to winning the Breakout Player of the Year GIBBY Award, i figured he would be pretty high on this Top 40 countdown.
sure enough, Michael was named the 3rd Top Breakout Performer of 2014. the show highlighted Michael's [first career] walk-off home run against Al Alburquerque of the Detroit Tigers on May 19 in the bottom of the 10th inning with the game tied at 4, 2 outs, and no one on base as his breakout moment of 2014. all the details about that can be found here.
so congratulations to Michael for finishing in the top 3 of this countdown!
who finished at #1? Michael's teammate, Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. another Indian, pitcher Carlos Carrasco, also made it onto MLB Network's breakout performer list. congrats to you two as well! Go Tribe! =D