The Cleveland Indians decided to option Bobby Bradley to Triple-A Columbus and called up Zach Plesac in a corresponding move.
Someone was going to get sent down to Columbus after it became known that Zach Plesac would start Tuesday for the Cleveland Indians. Not many thought it would be Bobby Bradley. “The Assassin” has not had the best time in the bigs so far and it is understandable why he was the odd man out.
Through 15 games Bobby Bradley has a slash line of .178/.245/.356 with an OPS of .600. This led to eight hits, five of which were doubles and of course the absolute rocket of a home run that he hit against Minnesota.
Overall his numbers are not so good. After two consecutive 1-3 games to start his career, Bobby went 1 for his next 21 at-bats. This included nine strikeouts. The strikeouts are not surprising, that is who Bobby Bradley is. Bradley will strike out a lot, there is no getting around it.
Although it is worth nothing that Bradley has improved with more time. Over his past seven games Bradley slashed .278/.350/.611 with a .961 OPS. In 18 at-bats Bradley collected five hits which include three doubles and one home run. Bradley did strike out eight times, which again is something he is prone to do.
Bobby Bradley’s 44.4 percent strikeout rate is concerning. Striking out that much is not necessarily going to lead to success. The strikeout frequency needs to come down in order to become a productive MLB hitter.
Even though he has shown signs of improvement at the plate Cleveland still opted to send him down to Columbus. Terry Francona mentioned that he needs to work on his defense. Although plate discipline may be another area that Bradley will need to focus on before he returns to Cleveland.