Prospect Capsule: Bobby Bradley

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Bobby Bradley was a 3rd round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 draft. The power hitting first baseman currently ranks as the Indians #4 prospect. The 21 year old has been killing baseballs on his way through the Indians minor league system. He came into the 2017 season with the Akron Rubberducks having slugged a combined 56 homeruns the previous two seasons. This past season with Akron Bradley hit .251 with 23 homeruns and 89 RBI in 131 games. He had two multi-homer games. On June 17th against the Portland Sea Dogs Bradley went deep three times while driving in seven runs.

Bradley started off slow in April hitting only .176 thru his first 68 at bats. He heated up the next two months hitting a combined .291 in May and June. After a slow July Bradley finished strong in August and September as he hit .272 to finish the season. The main issue at the plate for Bradley has been strikeouts. He struck out 150 times in 2015 and then 170 times in 2016. In 2017 he was able to cut down to 122 strikeouts while raising his average 26 points from the previous season. Bradley has also made a lot of progress defensively at first base in an effort to become an all around player at the major league level.

Bobby Bradley is a pure power hitter who projects as a 30+ homerun hitter at the major league level. He continues to develop his offensive game with the goal of becoming an all around hitter who does more than just mash homeruns on occasion. He has cut down a bit on his swing to help him get more line drive base hits instead of swinging for the fences every at bat. Bradley has a good chance to see time at AAA Columbus in 2018 and is getting close to knocking on the door to the big league club.

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