Bradley was traded to the Braves on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Bradley experienced only stretches of success with the Brewers after being taken by the club in the first round of the 2011 draft, so the team decided to give him a fresh start and send him to the team that plays its home games in the same state Bradley attended college. Bradley worked as a reliever the last two seasons after beginning his career as a starter, but it remains to be seen what role he will be used in for his new squad.
Brewers pitcher Jed Bradley has spent his career as a starter. Now, he's being pushed to take a different approach in the bullpen, according to MLB.com. "They said it would make me a more valuable asset to the team, and I said, 'OK, I'm in,'" Bradley said. "It's going to be adjustment. When the phone rings, you have to be ready every day. Right now, it's kind of easy because you know what day you're going to throw in Spring Training, but the biggest adjustment will be in-season, getting out there on the mound a couple of nights in a row. It will be a mental adjustment more than anything." Bradley has no problem with working out of the bullpen. "I've always been a guy who gets loose quick," Bradley said. "I think it will be a fun transition. I've always liked bullpen guys. They're kind of goofy, and they've got their own thing going on. I think I'll fit in."
After a horrendous first pro season in 2012, which was marred by injury and inconsistency, Brewers pitching prospect Jed Bradley is beginning to round into form for Class A Brevard County. After going 5-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 20 starts last season for Brevard County, the 2011 first-round pick is 3-1 with a 3.69 ERA through seven starts this season. "I'm not completely satisfied, but it's been a lot better than last season," Bradley said, per MLB.com. Bradley, who is considered the Brewers' fifth-best prospect by MLB.com, has seen a change in production after bulking up to 235 pounds in the offseason. "I had to come to grips with the fact that the hard work needs to be done in the offseason," said Bradley, who had dropped to 205 pounds as he dealt with his stomach issues last August. "During the season, you just need to concentrate on maintenance. It's quality, not quantity."
Brewers prospect Jed Bradley, who was taken 15th overall in the 2011 MLB draft, did not have a memorable first season in the minors in 2012. In 20 starts for high Class A Brevard, Bradley went 5-10 with a 5.53 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Many things went wrong for the 22-year-old left-hander. "I wasn't throwing as hard as I had in the past. I was down in weight and wasn't as strong. I just had a lot of first-year things," Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bradley's biggest struggle was adjusting to life in pro baseball. "I was just doing too much," Bradley said. "At times I went too much to that. It was my first professional season and I had to learn a lot of things. It was trial and error, and there was a lot of error there. It's just something I had to learn on my own."
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