21-Year-Old First Baseman – Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
One of the top power hitters in the minors for several years now, Bradley improved his contact skills and batted ball profile while also getting into better shape in 2017, increasing the likelihood th...
Bobby Bradley Contract Information:
Signed with the Indians in June of 2014.
Bradley will head to Glendale to play in this year's Arizona Fall League, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Cleveland Indians Roster
MajorsAllen, Cody (P)
AAAHaase, Eric (C)
AABieber, Shane (P)
A+Castro, Willi (SS)
AAiken, Brady (P)
RookieBenson, Will (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The slugging first baseman with as much raw power as any prospect in the game showed in 2016 that he could keep his strikeout rate under 30 percent in a full-season league. Bradley barely managed the feat (29.7 percent strikeout rate), but it still feels significant. Last year's .293 BABIP is almost 60 points worse than his previous career low, but it is unclear where his true talent lies. Still, it seems fair to say his .235 average was the product of at least some bad luck. Unlike his hit tool, his power has never been questioned, as he has been the league leader in home runs at every stop as a professional. The ball jumps off his bat in a way that few can mimic. This will be even more apparent when exit velocities on Bradley's home runs start to enter the public space in the coming years. From a production standpoint, Chris Carter is a reasonable floor, while Edwin Encarnacion is a reasonable ceiling. Look for him to spend all of 2017 at Double-A.
After blasting 27 home runs with a .890 OPS in 108 games at Low-A last season, Bradley emerged as the most intriguing first base prospect in the lower levels of the minors. His initial numbers in 39 games after getting drafted in 2014 (.361/.426/.652) put him squarely on the map in dynasty leagues, and he followed that up by completely outclassing the rest of the sluggers in the Midwest League, despite commencing his first full season assignment as an 18-year-old. Bradley, who won’t turn 20 until May 29, has not shown any platoon issues, but there is some noticeable swing-and-miss in his game. He had a 31.8 percent K-rate at Low-A, but still got on base at a .361 clip thanks to a 12 percent walk rate. Bradley’s combination of youth, early professional success, and an approach to all fields bodes well for his ability to make it as an everyday option at the highest level. He should begin 2016 at High-A Lynchburg as one of the youngest position players in the Carolina League.