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Braves sign reliever Chasen Bradford to a minor league deal

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday evening that the Braves have signed relief pitcher Chasen Bradford to a minor league deal.

Unfortunately, not many hitters have been Chasen (hehe) his pitches, as he has a career strikeout rate of 6.58 K/9 and a career FIP and xFIP of 5.00 and 4.62 respectively. He additionally has a career home run rate of 1.56/9. Bradford is 31 and has had a decent ERA in two of his three short seasons in the majors. The positives are that he has low walk rates and has a decent fastball spin rate. That’s about it though, as even his ability to suppress hard contact isn’t particularly good. In summary, Bradford is a pitcher who doesn’t tend to issue walks, but also doesn’t strike people out, allows hard contact, and allows home runs. It seems unlikely that he will ever see the major league roster in Atlanta, but he can certainly be organizational depth.