I’m a stone’s throw from Cleveland, and a lot of the talk on the radio (that isn’t about the Browns) is about when the heck the Tribe is going to promote Bobby Bradley. He’s been featured in my stash lists two months in a row and has just been crushing it for Triple-A Columbus (24 dingers, hitting .290+). Chief Wahoo is working his magic from beyond the grave because apparently the prayers have been answered. With Leonys Martin DFA’d, today’s a great day to bring up the young slugger and see what he can do. Bradley has always lurked in the Top 100 lists, so I doubt he’s available in your dynasty league. It’s possible he’s on the wire in redrafts however. BB has a lot of swing and miss in his game so don’t expect a pretty average or K-rate in the bigs. But he’s cheap power, and even with everybody and their brother hitting 40 homers nowadays, the potential for 20+ homers down the stretch is still useful. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP | PHI – Will get the spot start today against the Marlins. The “lowly” Marlins, who are going for the sweep against my beloved Phils. De Los Santos is a decent flyer for some Ks in deeper formats – mainly NL-only – but his Stream-o-nator value of $2 in mixed leagues is enough for me to stay away. I like Santos long term as a starter, he’s just stuck in no-man’s land this year a la Touki Toussaint in Atlanta.
Nate Pearson, RHP | TOR – Heading to the injured list and at the time of this draft, there’s no reason being given. Let’s hope it’s a cramp in his pinky toe and not elbow ligaments that look like they’ve been sent through a Salad Shooter. Go on…keep your secrets New Hampshire. If you’re a masochist, you draft pitching prospects to your fantasy squads. Then you just sit, wait, and smile…because you know the pain will eventually come.
Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI – Headed to Double-A Reading, his third level this year. The Phils are really pushing Bohm up the ladder quickly and I love it. If you’re a top spec, go out there and do your thing against the toughest competition. This will be a true test of Bohm’s ability. He’ll be facing legit arms just one year removed from the draft, and won’t get the bonus of the juiced ball in Triple-A. If he crushes it with Reading, it’s all him and could push him even higher up the ranks heading into 2020 (I was already pretty high on him coming into this year).
Nolan Gorman, 3B | STL – Promoted to High-A Palm Beach. Ditto for Gorman, who is also getting challenged by his club. The FSL favors pitchers, so just like Bohm this will really show us what Gorman can do against better arms and no real advantages on his end. Gorman was my top pick of all the 2019 first-year players, and so far he’s rewarded my faith with ten homers. He’s really struggled against right-handed pitching though (just .143). Something to keep an eye on for an otherwise solid offensive prospect.
Jo Adell, OF | LAA – 3-for-4 with a homer – his second straight game with a bomb. He’s now hitting over .400 with three homers in the fourteen games he’s played with Double-A Inland Empire. The injury seems well behind him, and I’d suspect he gets a look at Triple-A later this season into early next. For those of you looking to compete in 2020 in your dynasty league, Adell is a prospect that will fit that timeline nicely.