Bradford (3-0) allowed an earned run on a solo home run over 2.1 innings in a win over the Athletics on Thursday. He also recorded two strikeouts.
Bradford had one slip-up -- the 443-foot solo blast he allowed to Stephen Piscotty -- but he was otherwise effective while getting seven outs on 32 pitches. The 28-year-old right-hander has been a revelation out of the bullpen thus far in 2018, as he's generated an impressive 2.08 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 13.0 innings across eight appearances.
Bradford (2-0) allowed an earned run on two hits over two innings in a win over the Rangers on Saturday. He also recorded a strikeout.
Bradford continues to be an early-season pleasant surprise for manager Scott Servais with the versatility he offers out of the bullpen. The 28-year-old has worked more than one inning in three of six appearances, and although he's pitched to some contact, he's limited the damage to two earned runs over 9.2 innings. Bradford's ERA remains a sparkling 1.86 despite the earned run he allowed Saturday, and he's displayed sharp control thus far by issuing just two walks over his six outings.
Bradford, who's 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over his first five appearances, is parlaying an effective sinker into a larger bullpen role, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Chasen is throwing the ball really well," said manager Scott Servais. "He does it a little bit differently than some of our other bullpen guys. He's got the ability to get ground balls, and double plays are a big part of what he brings. Bringing that guy in that can keep the ball on the ground is huge. I like what he brings and how he goes about it."
The 28-year-old has been highly effective since his April 9 callup from Triple-A Tacoma, generating scoreless efforts in four of his five trips to the mound. Although he still has minor-league options and could therefore be shuttled between the Rainiers and the big-league club as needed this season, Bradford is increasingly making a case as a reliable bullpen option. The right-hander credits renowned Mets closer Jeurys Familia -- his teammate during Bradford's rookie 2017 campaign in New York -- with helping him refine his sinker to the caliber it now possesses. "Jeurys throws a disgusting sinker," Bradford said. "He and I talked about it a lot, he showed me his grip and I took that and kind of turned it into my own grip. And it's become a really good, consistent pitch."
The 28-year-old right-hander has been impressive in his two outings, generating 4.2 scoreless frames overall while not allowing a single hit. Bradford offers manager Scott Servais a multi-inning option out of the bullpen, a valuable trait that could serve to keep him with the big-league club for an extended stint.
Bradford fired three perfect innings in a 10-0 loss to the Royals on Monday, allowing only a walk while recording two strikeouts.
A sparkling regular-season Mariners debut for Bradford, who was arguably the lone bright spot of the blowout for Seattle. The 28-year-old right-hander was reasonably effective with the Mets in his first exposure to big-league bats last season, and as he demonstrated Monday, he could serve as a valued long-relief option for manager Scott Servais during his tenure.
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|2013||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||6||2||3.71||30||0||0||0||3||43.2||45||18||18||3||0||9||43|
|2014||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||3||2||3.52||34||0||0||0||5||46.0||54||21||18||6||0||4||41|
|2015||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||5||4||4.10||53||0||0||0||7||63.2||86||35||29||3||4||14||46|
|2016||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||5||3||4.80||56||0||0||0||5||65.2||84||39||35||5||1||13||54|
|2017||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||1||1||4.04||33||0||0||0||11||35.2||47||20||16||3||0||7||28|