Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians
Calling up Bobby Bradley to Cleveland has been something in the works for a few seasons. He was always roadblocked by Carlos Santana, but once he got his shot this season he hasn’t looked back. There’s some things he can improve on, as there is for any 25-year old, but the future is bright for Bradley, especially the second half of the 2021 season.
Being called up on June 5, Bradley has been in Cleveland just over a month. In that time he’s played in 31 games and has 104 official at-bats. He’s made sure to make good use of them.
While his average is a bit lower at .240, he does damage when he makes contact to complete a slash line of .240/.336/.577. That line is thanks in large part to 10 home runs, five doubles and 20 RBI in a short period of time while also scoring 23 times. With 25 hits this season, 15 have been either a double or a home run. That also means that almost 15% of Bradley’s at-bats have resulted in a double or a home run.
Most of Bradley’s stats came while Franmil Reyes was on the injured list. As the lineup returns to full strength, Bradley should see an increase in his stats. He’s going to be in the order around the same area as Reyes, Eddie Rosario, Harold Ramirez and Jose Ramirez. That should give him plenty of opportunities to log more RBI down the stretch.
If the power continues, Bradley could be a huge addition for the Cleveland Indians. He’s on an insane pace that would have him hit 52 home runs in a 162 game season if he played every single game, but even if he settles in the 30-40 home run range, that would be a big upgrade at first.