Taj Bradley

22-Year-Old PitcherP
Tampa Bay Rays AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bradley put up an ERA north of 2.00 for the first time since 2019 when he logged a 3.66 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 53:15 K:BB in 12 starts (59 innings) at Triple-A. His 177.2-inning stretch from Single-A to High-A to Double-A across 2021 and 2022 where he kept his ERA under 2.00 with a 0.92 WHIP and 211:49 K:BB is one of the best prolonged statistical runs a pitching prospect has had in recent memory. All the while, Bradley has had his top two pitches down -- a mid-90s fastball with good life and a hard cutter that eats hitters up. He still hasn't added a reliable third offering, but his athleticism and command are well ahead of the typical 21-year-old starting pitcher. The Rays enter the season without need of Bradley's services in the rotation, so he should return to Triple-A for at least a month or two to try to develop a third pitch he can use when he makes his big-league debut this summer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2018.
Optioned to minors
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 13, 2023
Bradley was optioned to minor-league camp Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Bradley is the top pitching prospect in the Tampa Bay system, but the right-hander will open the season in the minors -- likely with Triple-A Durham. The 21-year-old can miss bats with multiple pitches and can locate them for strikes, so it's just a matter of time before he's helping the Rays' pitching staff.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Bradley may still be a little underrated, but he fully broke out in 2021. The athletic 6-foot-2 righty logged a 1.83 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 123:31 K:BB in 103.1 innings across Low-A and High-A. He had a run from May 25 through Aug. 6 where he was borderline untouchable, registering a 0.76 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 59 innings across 12 starts. Bradley boasts a mid-90s fastball and a blazing fast slider that he locates well. His curveball and changeup are still coming along, but given the Rays' track record and Bradley's youth (turns 21 in March), the expectation is that he will have a full, dominant repertoire by the time he reaches the majors. A lot can go wrong with pitching prospects who are over a year away from the majors, even ones as talented as Bradley, but he is one of the few such pitchers worth coveting in dynasty leagues.
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Fine after early exit
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 4, 2023
Bradley was forced to exit his start in the second inning after being hit by a batted ball Saturday in Grapefruit League action against the Yankees, Brian Murphy of MLB.com reports.
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Makes good first impression
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
February 23, 2023
Bradley impressed manager Kevin Cash during his first bullpen session of the spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Very good pitch mix when he throws all four pitches," Cash said Tuesday. "He's got plenty of life to his fastball. And he has a very clean delivery. Pretty polished for 21 being in Triple-A."
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Joining 40-man roster
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
November 15, 2022
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Somewhat uneven Triple-A results
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
September 6, 2022
Bradley has put up a 4.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 34:10 K:BB through eight starts (36 innings) since his promotion to Triple-A Durham.
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Ready for Triple-A
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 15, 2022
Bradley will join Triple-A Durham after his appearance at the Futures Game on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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