Taj Bradley

Taj Bradley

23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Much was expected from Bradley heading into the 2023 season, and he delivered on a portion of that. The best thing we could say about Bradley is he struck out 28% of the batters he faced in his rookie season with a 19.6% K-BB%. That is where the fantasy accolades end because his other efforts were hurtful to many fantasy rosters. Bradley struggled with his command and the misses within the strike zone often led to homers as he allowed 32 homers in 142.1 innings of work between Durham and Tampa Bay. Bradley's 2023 season looks a lot like Triston McKenzie's 2021 season, which is what fantasy managers should look at for hope this season. Bradley's curveball and changeup got the job done, but the misses with his fastball and cutter led to 20 of the 23 homers he allowed at the big league level. Kyle Snyder has an outstanding track record of helping pitchers improve their execution and Bradley is quite capable of doing in 2024 whan McKenzie did in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#292
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2024.
Tosses six strong innings
PTampa Bay Rays
June 19, 2024
Bradley allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters over six innings in a no-decision against Minnesota on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Bradley didn't have his best strikeout stuff -- his three punchouts tied a season-low mark and were a far cry from the 11 strikeouts he notched his previous time on the mound -- but he nonetheless managed his second straight quality start. The right-hander has rebounded well from a 3.1-inning, nine-run shellacking at the hands of the Orioles on June 1, yielding just three earned runs over 18 frames across his subsequent three starts. Bradley has recorded a 4.06 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 53:14 K:BB overall across 44.1 innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
94
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
96
How many pitches does Taj Bradley generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Taj Bradley generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .232 327 106 25 69 17 2 10
Since 2022vs Right .261 317 76 28 74 12 2 22
2024vs Left .242 97 31 5 22 4 1 4
2024vs Right .203 87 22 9 15 0 0 5
2023vs Left .227 230 75 20 47 13 1 6
2023vs Right .282 230 54 19 59 12 2 17
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-74%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2022
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.39 1.09 82.0 4 7 0 10.9 2.3 1.6
Since 2022Away 6.04 1.60 67.0 3 5 0 11.1 4.3 2.3
2024Home 2.10 0.83 30.0 1 3 0 12.3 2.4 0.9
2024Away 8.16 1.81 14.1 1 1 0 7.5 3.8 3.8
2023Home 5.71 1.23 52.0 3 4 0 10.0 2.3 2.1
2023Away 5.47 1.54 52.2 2 4 0 12.1 4.4 1.9
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Taj Bradley compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.79
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
96.3 mph
 
ERA
4.06
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
0.93
 
Left On Base
75.5%
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.2%
 
Spin Rate
2109 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Reasons for demotion revealed
PTampa Bay Rays
April 30, 2023
Bradley was demoted to Triple-A because he was no longer needed in the rotation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
As bold as that statement sounds, the reality is that Bradley was called up to the majors just to fill a temporary need in the rotation. Bradley's call to the majors came primarily due to the young right-hander being on full rest when starters were needed to sub in for Zach Eflin and Jeffrey Springs. However, Eflin is back in action, and with Yonny Chirinos, Josh Fleming, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen in the rotation, Bradley was no longer needed. Bradley posted a 3.52 ERA across 15.1 innings before being demoted.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
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.
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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Strikes out 11 in win
PTampa Bay Rays
June 13, 2024
Bradley (2-4) earned the win against the Cubs on Thursday, allowing two (unearned) runs on three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts over seven innings.
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Fans seven in tough-luck loss
PTampa Bay Rays
June 8, 2024
Bradley (1-4) took the loss against Baltimore on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out seven batters over five innings.
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Crushed by O's
PTampa Bay Rays
June 2, 2024
Bradley (1-3) took the loss Saturday, surrendering nine runs on nine hits -- including four home runs -- and three walks over 3.1 innings as the Rays were downed 9-5 by the Orioles. He struck out three.
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Walks three in no-decision
PTampa Bay Rays
May 26, 2024
Bradley allowed a hit and three walks while striking out six over five scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the Royals on Sunday.
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Yields five runs
PTampa Bay Rays
May 20, 2024
Bradley (1-2) allowed five runs on six hits over seven innings Monday, striking out 10 and taking a loss against Boston.
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