Bobby Bradley, OF-DH
Bobby Bradley looked like Babe Ruth for the Columbus Clippers in 2019. When the Tribe finally promoted him, the slugger looked as advertised, smacking a double in his first at-bat. Unfortunately, he went on to go 7-of-48 and nobody ever heard from him again.
But don’t write Bradley off. At just 23, he wouldn’t be the first player to fail in his first shot at the big leagues.
The truth is that if Bradley shows an improved eye and hits in Spring Training, he could make Terry Francona’s job a lot easier by seizing the right field spot.
I know, Reyes, is supposed to compete for playing time there, but he’s so bad defensively, I worry fans are getting their hopes up based off the news he dropped some weight.
In today’s day and age, teams are willing to live with strikeouts if you can mash, unfortunately, Bradley’s got to do better than what we we saw a season ago.
The odds are stacked against him to make the team, as the Tribe already has nine outfielders on the 40-man rosters, in addition to three non-roster invitees coming to Goodyear.
That said, the Indians may have no choice but to turn to Bradley if they’re looking for some quick power. That’s why the promoted him last season and it didn’t work. If guys aren’t hitting, the prospect should be able to get another look.