The Indians offense has left a lot to be desired so far this season. Currently, on the season amongst the rest of the league, they rank 26th in batting average, 21st in home runs, 23rd in RBIs and 22nd in runs scored. The Indians are still well within the playoff race and need a major boost to this offense for the second half of the season, and that boost is Bobby Bradley.
Bradley is currently raking down in Triple-A Columbus, hitting home-runs seemingly every day now. On the season he has a very impressive stat line with a .287 batting average to go along with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs. Amongst Triple-A players, Bradley ranks second in home runs and eighth in RBIs. Bradley now has his fourth consecutive season of 20+ home and looks to eclipse 30 home runs for the first time in his career.
While Bradley ranks highly amongst his fellow Triple-A players, his numbers look even better compared to the rest of the Indians lineup. Right now Bradley would be first on the team in both home runs and RBIs, second in hits and third in batting average. Carlos Santana currently leads the Indians in home runs, hits and RBIs with 14, 74 and 43 respectively. With the departure of slugger Edwin Encarnacion this past offseason, Bradley is the power hitter this offense desperately needs.
The Indians have been rather successful this season when it comes to bringing up younger guys. For starters, Oscar Mercado has been a huge boost to this team. Since his call-up on May 14th the Indians offense has seemed much improved, and Mercado’s impressive stat line of .315 batting average with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Mercado has helped to rejuvenate the Indians’ offense and Bradley would only help to get this offense to another level.
Of course, Bradley isn’t a perfect prospect, as none of them are. Throughout his minor league career, he has struggled mightily with strikeouts. Currently, on the year he has 88 and has struck out 590 times from 2015 through 2018. While this isn’t ideal Bradley really hasn’t allowed the high strikeout numbers to deplete his batting average. In his 96 career games with the Columbus Clippers, he’s got a very respectable .270 batting average.
As of late the Indians have begun to play better, and the offense has started to turn it on, but they still sit nine games back from the Minnesota Twins in the division. The Indians will need a big boost for the second half of the year as they look to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. They shouldn’t waste any more time call up Bobby Bradley and unleash “The Assassin” on the rest of the league.