Bobby Bradley
22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Cleveland Indians AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Bobby Bradley in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed with the Indians in June of 2014.
Returns to Triple-A
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
March 8, 2019
Bradley (shoulder) was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Bradley was likely to begin the 2019 season at Triple-A regardless, but he was also slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained on a dive attempt in late February. The 22-year-old slashed .254/.323/.430 with 27 home runs for the Clippers last season and was added to the Indians' 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Dealing with shoulder stiffness
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
February 24, 2019
After diving for a ball in Saturday's spring training game, Bradley is nursing shoulder stiffness and may be shut down for next few days as a precaution, Mandy Bell of reports.
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Joins 40-man roster
1BCleveland Indians  AAA
November 20, 2018
Bradley was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports.
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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.
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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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