Bradley will open the season in the minors, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Neither Bradley nor Jake Bauers has shown much of anything at the big-league level, so it's a bit of a surprise to see Bauers beating Bradley for the starting first base job despite Bradley's .951 spring OPS easily beating Bauers' .709 mark. Bradley isn't the tier of prospect where Cleveland will get all that much value out of manipulating his service time, either. He could certainly move past Bauers on the depth chart at some point, but it's not clear what he'd have to do for that to happen.
Bradley has impressed Cleveland's coaching staff this spring and is vying for the Opening Day first base job, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. He is competing with Jake Bauers for the job, but Bauers is out of minor-league options, so Bradley really needs to earn it. He reportedly cut his body fat from 19 percent to 15 percent over the offseason after getting some humble pie at the alternate site last year. Bradley is hitting .308 with two home runs and two strikeouts (zero walks) in 13 at-bats this spring, while Bauers is hitting .167 with zero home runs and a 4:5 K:BB in 12 at-bats. Bradley has mammoth raw power; it's all about making enough contact to get to it in games, and he's impressing in that regard so far during Cactus League play.
Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Bradley was likely always a long shot to break camp in the big leagues, and the team didn't wait for play to resume before sending him down. He hit just .178/.245/.356 in his 15-game big-league debut last season but managed 33 homers and a .264/.344/.567 line in 107 games for Columbus, so he doesn't have much left to prove in the minors.
Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Bradley has gone just 1-for-13 over his last four games at the dish, resulting in a demotion for the 23-year-old. Zach Plesac has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Bradley is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. With no designated hitter available in Cincinnati, Bradley will sit for the second straight day while Carlos Santana garners the start at first base. Bradley should at least rank as one of manager Terry Francona's top pinch-hitting options after coming through with a double off the bench in Saturday's 7-2 win.
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