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Bobby Bradley

Born: 05/29/1996 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 225
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position: DH
Bigger guy. Round, out-of-shape, poor athlete.
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 08/15/2017
Dates Seen 4x in July
Affiliate Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 50 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Really open stance, awkward stroke, doesn’t extend hands, chops at pitches when on the corners. Plus bat speed, can catch and drive heat up in the zone. Long swing; better stuff can expose holes in swing. Capable of fouling off pitches. Ball needs to be in the middle of zone to drive. Below-average plate coverage, below-average barrel control. Lacks consistent bat-to-ball ability, barrel doesn’t stay in zone long. High-strikeout potential, walks help to slightly mitigate lower projected average. Projects to below-average utility.
Power 60 Natural strength and size contributes to plus-plus raw. Turns on inside pitches well. Power mainly comes pull-side; will drive oppo when late at times. Capable of producing moon shots due to very leveraged swing, doesn’t use lower body well when driving. Has the upper-body strength and strong enough hands for the power to project to plus in-game.
Baserunning/Speed 20 Timed 4.52. Aggressive on bases, despite poor speed. Liability on basepaths.
Glove 40 Flashed semi-soft hands on hard grounder. Not flexible for 1B; trouble extending body to finish close plays, body doesn’t give him much room to improve. Probable DH-only at the major league level.
Arm 50 Average arm strength, capable of starting a solid double play.

Bradley is carried by his exemplary power potential. A big-bodied first baseman who is likely to be relegated to DH in the big leagues, Bradley is likely to become a "power or bust" guy vs. MLB-caliber stuff. He can get beat on the corners and really only drives pitches in the middle of the plate. His swing is a bit odd, as he doesn’t extend his arms to cover the plate, but still has a ton of home run power in his profile. Any prospect who relies on a singular tool carries significant risk, and I have serious concerns that his hit tool will play below 40 given that he currently struggles to make consistent solid contact vs. minor league pitching. The power could play big enough for Bradley to become a capable starter, but he’s got a low floor given his unusual swing. He's likely to be more of a Chris Carter-type at maturity.

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