1. Cleveland Indians 1B, Bobby Bradley
The Indians are going to get cracked publicly for delaying the arrival of Bradley, and rightfully so. It became clear within Bradley’s first week in the majors this season that he’s the superior player to Jake Bauers.
Of course, politics came into play, not talent. The Indians were obviously terrified Bauers would land elsewhere and transform into a good player, much like Gio Urshela did with the Yankees.
Bauers was batting .193 with the Tribe when he was traded to the Mariners. He was hitting .300 at one point, but it looks like fools gold. He’s now hitting .245, and he’s homered once in 100 plate appearances with the M’s. He has three homers this year in 194 at-bats.
Meanwhile, Bradley always hits the ball like he’s trying to send it into orbit. He has 10 homers in 104-at bats.
Bradley went through a rough stretch during the losing streak, but he’s still owns a .913 OPS (.240 avg).
The left-handed stick looks more comfortable in his second-sting with the Tribe. Amazingly, he’s flashed a tremendous prowess for hitting the ball to the opposite field with power.