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.
Bradley will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Royals.
The Indians have quickly committed to Bradley as a lineup mainstay since he received his first call to the big leagues Sunday. He'll draw his fourth start in as many contests after going 2-for-10 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI in his first three contests. Bradley has struck out five times already, however, and his contact woes are likely to make him a liability in the batting-average category for fantasy managers.
Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Firmly a power-first prospect, Bradley has been on a tear to start the season with Columbus, launching 24 homers in 67 games. After hitting a combined .234 over the previous three seasons, he's managed a .292 batting average this year, though that's come with a 32.0 percent strikeout rate, which would be fourth-worst among qualified big-league hitters. The 23-year-old should get plenty of chances to prove his profile plays, though he certainly comes with quite a lot of risk if he can't keep up the fireworks display. Reliever Josh Smith was optioned in a corresponding move.
Bradley went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs Sunday in Triple-A Columbus' 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley.
Bradley has left the yard five times in his last five games to give him an International League-leading 22 home runs on the season. The 23-year-old has shown big power at every stop in the minors, but big strikeout rates and an inability to profile anywhere but first base and designated hitter puts somewhat of a cap on his long-term fantasy outlook. He's still striking out at a 32.6 percent clip this season, though he's been able to sustain a .287 average on the back of a 40 percent hard-hit rate. With Jake Bauers and Leonys Martin struggling to provide much impact in regular roles this season, the big club could elect to call up Bradley and have him replace one of the two players as the Tribe's everyday designated hitter.
Bradley went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and six RBI on Tuesday in Triple-A Columbus' 9-2 win over Norfolk.
Bradley has left the yard six times over his past seven games, bringing his season home-run total up to 14 and raising his OPS to .964. The latter figure is an improvement of more than 200 points from the year before, suggesting Bradley may be ready for a stiffer test in the majors. Jake Bauers would likely be most at risk of losing out on an everyday role at designated hitter if Bradley eventually gets the call, though it's unclear if the Tribe is seriously considering pulling the plug on a player it invested significant capital into over the winter.
Bradley (shoulder) was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Bradley was likely to begin the 2019 season at Triple-A regardless, but he was also slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained on a dive attempt in late February. The 22-year-old slashed .254/.323/.430 with 27 home runs for the Clippers last season and was added to the Indians' 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
After diving for a ball in Saturday's spring training game, Bradley is nursing shoulder stiffness and may be shut down for next few days as a precaution, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Bradley was a late scratch from Sunday's matchup against the Diamondbacks because of the issue, although the Indians hope it's nothing serious. Expect an update on his status within the next few days.
Bradley was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports.
The Indians purchased Bradley's contract to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He found a fair amount of success with Triple-A Columbus (.254/.323/.430 slash line over 32 games) but doesn't appear to be ready for the big leagues just yet.
Bradley went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a walk for Double-A Akron in its 12-5 win over Bowie on Monday.
Even after the three-hit performance, Bradley's batting average is still below the Mendoza Line for the season. While a .215 BABIP implies that positive regression could be in store for the first baseman, his flyball-heavy tendencies and meager 13.4 percent line-drive rate suggest that he'll likely always be a batting-average liability on some level. Dynasty owners have probably come to accept that already, as Bradley's main appeal lies in his power production. He's up to 14 home runs on the campaign and has finished with no fewer than 23 long balls in any of his prior three years of full-season ball.
Bradley has been assigned to Double-A Akron to open the 2018 season, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
In a somewhat surprising move, Bradley will open the 2018 season back at Double-A despite hitting a respectable .251/.331/.465 with 23 homers in 131 games with the RubberDucks in 2017. The 21-year-old doesn't have much left to prove at the Double-A level, so look for the highly touted prospect to join Triple-A Columbus soon.
The Indians reassigned Bradley to their minor-league camp Monday, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports.
With Opening Day about two and a half weeks away, the Indians have begun to clear some of their prospects out of camp in order to open up more at-bats in Cactus League action for players who are more serious candidates for the 25-man roster. Bradley, who is viewed as one of the top sluggers in the minors after amassing 79 home runs over the past three seasons, is expected to open the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Columbus.
Bradley will head to Glendale to play in this year's Arizona Fall League, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Bradley's second-half performance at Double-A Akron dipped compared to his first-half numbers. However, the first baseman's .249/.331/.460 slash line, 22 home runs and 88 RBI were impressive marks for his first season at MiLB's higher levels. Bradley is still a couple years from making a big-league impact, but Cleveland's third-round pick in 2014 is moving in the right direction.
Bradley, 21, is batting .389 with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games for Double-A Akron.
After a horrific start, Bradley's slash line is making its way back to respectability. He is hitting .246/.333/.461 in 117 games. The power numbers will always be there, as he has eclipsed 20 home runs for the third straight season. The Indians have Edwin Encarnacion through 2019, so there is no reason to rush Bradley to the big leagues. That being said, he could emerge as an option at DH as early as the end of next season.
Bradley is working hard to improve defensively at first base in hopes of making his major-league debut in 2018, Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com reports.
Bradley made 30 errors in the last two seasons, but has just four through 77 games with Double-A Akron this year. Improving in the field will help his chances of making the Tribe's 25-man roster considering not many hitters can make a long-term living in MLB serving solely as a DH. Bradley is hitting .265/.354/.504 with 32 extra-base hits, including 15 homers, in 268 at-bats this season, and the 21-year-old is undoubtedly the organization's best power-hitting prospect.
Bradley, 21, is hitting .314 over his last 10 games for Double-A Akron.
After a horrific start, Bradley is now slashing .247/.343/.450 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 66 games. As a means for comparison, Bradley hit .235 last year at High-A. His massive power potential from the left side at just 21 years of age still makes him a worthy prospect in most dynasty formats.
Bradley is showing signs of life after a miserable start to the 2017 season, notching a hit in nine of his last 11 games to push his batting average just over the Mendoza line to .202.
Finally, after 28 games, Bradley is starting to look like the Tribe's No. 5 prospect as advertised. He's posted a .934 OPS while launching three home runs and tallying six RBI over his last 11 contests. The first baseman has a couple years before he's relevant in single-season mixed leagues, but most scouts believe he'll get there in due time.
Bradley homered for a second straight game and tallied five RBI in Double-A Akron's win on Wednesday.
After a slow start, the 20-year-old first baseman has logged eight RBI over his past three contests. Bradley is still hitting just .184 through 10 games, but his three home runs and team-high 11 walks have helped him post a respectable .781 OPS over 49 plate appearances.
Bradley, 20, is just 3-for-25 (.120) with one home run and three RBI through eight games for Double-A Akron.
Not surprisingly, Bradley has 11 strikeouts over that span. The Indians have not been shy about challenging Bradley, who will not turn 21 years of age until the end of May. His power potential is massive, but he also hit just .235 last season and fanned 170 times in 131 games. Bradley will likely need to refine his "all-or-nothing" approach at the dish as he ascends to the higher levels.
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