When the Mets selected the contract of right-hander Chasen Bradford from the Las Vegas 51s in late June, they were hoping the 28-year-old career minor leaguer could offer a fresh arm in what has been a rocky Mets’ bullpen in 2017.
In his first taste of big league action, Bradford fared well, pitching two scoreless innings in on June 25 and June 28 as the Mets embarked on a ten-game road trip, allowing one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
Bradford’s early success wouldn’t translate in his next three outings in July however, pitching to a 11.25 ERA over four innings of work, giving up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. After his third appearance that month, the Mets optioned Bradford back to Vegas and called up Hansel Robles, fresh off 6.2 scoreless innings in five July appearances with the 51s.
With the team trading Addison Reed to the Boston Red Sox for three young righties on the day of the deadline, the Mets recalled Bradford the next day along with the highly anticipated arrival of top prospect, Amed Rosario.
Since his recall, Bradford has made the most of his opportunities with the team, appearing in ten games for a total of 13 innings. He’s allowed just one run on four hits, striking out eleven while walking four. Since August 9, Bradford has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings over eight games, striking out six while holding opposing batters to a .115 average.
Since August 2 and among qualified relievers, Bradford has the 5th best batting average against (.098), 6th best ERA (0.69), and fourth best WHIP (0.62).
The Mets will take a hard look at their internal relievers the rest of the season, sorting out who can play a role for this team looking to contend next season. If Bradford’s August is any indication, he’s putting himself in a strong position to be considered a viable option heading into 2018.