Bobby Bradley
22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Cleveland Indians AAA
2018 Fantasy 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 that he will make it as a regular in the majors. He improved his strikeout rate from 29.7 percent to 22.9 percent and cut his pull rate from 49.1 percent to 40.4 percent, showing off more of an all-fields approach. These changes led to slightly less over-the-fence power, but he still finished sixth in the Eastern League in home runs (23) and seventh in ISO (.214) while being the youngest qualified hitter in the league. He hit just .176/.290/.277 in 119 at-bats against lefties, but he did not have noticeable splits in 2016. Bradley will head to Triple-A and won't turn 22 until late May, so he has plenty of time to continue to improve as a hitter. He could be a Lucas Duda type of fantasy first baseman, often sitting against lefties while hitting something like .240/.340/.460 with a few 30-homer seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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Clubs two homers Monday
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
June 26, 2018
Bradley went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a walk for Double-A Akron in its 12-5 win over Bowie on Monday.
Even after the three-hit performance, Bradley's batting average is still below the Mendoza Line for the season. While a .215 BABIP implies that positive regression could be in store for the first baseman, his flyball-heavy tendencies and meager 13.4 percent line-drive rate suggest that he'll likely always be a batting-average liability on some level. Dynasty owners have probably come to accept that already, as Bradley's main appeal lies in his power production. He's up to 14 home runs on the campaign and has finished with no fewer than 23 long balls in any of his prior three years of full-season ball.
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Past Fantasy 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.
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Will open season at Double-A
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
March 31, 2018
Bradley has been assigned to Double-A Akron to open the 2018 season, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
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Reassigned to minors
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
March 12, 2018
The Indians reassigned Bradley to their minor-league camp Monday, Matt Kelly of reports.
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Headed west for Fall League
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 1, 2017
Bradley will head to Glendale to play in this year's Arizona Fall League, Jordan Bastian of reports.
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Bat coming alive in second half of season
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
August 22, 2017
Bradley, 21, is batting .389 with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games for Double-A Akron.
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Working toward 2018 debut
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
July 8, 2017
Bradley is working hard to improve defensively at first base in hopes of making his major-league debut in 2018, Terry Pluto of reports.
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