LHP Jed Bradley had high hopes with the Milwaukee Brewers as a 1st round draft pick in 2011, but may have come to life after being traded to the Atlanta Braves.
Back on June 3rd, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Jed Bradley to the Atlanta Braves for cash or a player to be named later. At that time, the 26-year old seemed to be a luck of the draw as the Milwaukee Brewers AA team had him pitching in the bullpen and not much was working as he went 24.2 IP, 6.20 ERA, and 3.95 FIP.
He had switched to the bullpen back before the start of the 2015 season, but similar numbers like 58.2 IP, 5.83 ERA is easy to see why the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t see much in Bradley anymore. Since the trade, it seems something has changed.
In 65 IP, he’s had a 2.35 ERA, and 2.28 FIP back in a starting role with the Atlanta Braves AA team. You’d have to go back to 2014 to see any ERA numbers under 3.00 with the Milwaukee Brewers as he had a 2.98 ERA in 60.1 IP in A+. But, it’s not just his ERA and FIP, his K/9 at 9.55 is the best its ever been at and a solid 3.18 BB/9.
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Going back to what his pitches were when drafted, his fastball just got up to 93 MPH, but it was more used to set up his nice pitches of the sinker and changeup along with a slider. He must’ve found some of these pitches again being transitioned back to the starter role this year.
Back when he was drafted at #15 in 2011 a few notable pitchers went behind him like Jose Fernandez and Sonny Gray that make Milwaukee Brewers fans go crazy. Only time will tell with Bradley if he’s truly figured out his pitching problems.
He’s still in AA, so he’s still got some hurdles to jump. David Stearns and company have made trades that have gotten them to #1 in the farm system, so if this is the one that didn’t work out, I think they’d be okay with that.