Cleveland Indians Promote Prospect
The Cleveland Indians promoted prospect Bobby Bradley to the Lynchburg Hillcats of the High-A Carolina League. A third-round pick in last year’s draft, Bradley has done nothing but impress in his brief tenure with the Tribe. Across his two seasons, the now 19-year-old has slugged 35 home runs with an impressive on-base ability, although he has struck out at high rates. This strikeout rate, however, has been somewhat offset by an above average walk rate.
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Hopefully, the first baseman can continue to slug, as he does not provide defensive ability and likely is stuck at that position. That he has matched last season’s performance is quite important, because he had a limited track record entering the draft. This limited track record of success allowed him to fall to the third round despite 60-grade raw power, a raw find in today’s power-starved drafts. FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel ranked Bradley as the Cleveland Indians’ 11th best prospect entering the season.
In other news, the Cleveland Indians’ Josh Tomlin fired a complete game the other day. As noted by our own Nick Blazek, this is the team’s ninth complete game in what has been an impressive season for pitching. The team has shown fantastic peripheral statistics such as strikeout rate and walk rate, and the first four starting pitchers have all come close to either a no-hitter or a perfect game.
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