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, the first baseman's flyball-heavy tendencies and meager 13.4 percent line-drive rate suggests 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 early on in 2018.
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.
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