Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Player Profile: Ryan Bradley

I have three cards of Ryan Bradley. This one is from 1998 Fleer Tradition Update.

Playing career: Ryan Bradley was the Yankees’ #1 draft pick in 1997 and went on the fast track to the majors. In the minor leagues in 1997 and 1998 he went 12-6 with a 2.44 ERA, walking 56 and striking out 191. In a call-up to the Yankees late in 1998 Bradley went 2-1 with a 5.54 ERA, walking 9 and striking out 13. His confidence must have been shaken because he completely lost his control and was never the same pitcher again. In the minor leagues from 1999 to 2002, he went 18-23 with a 6.01 ERA.

My memories: I remembered him as a highly talented prospect and wondered why I never heard about him after his brief big league appearance.

Where he is now: A Risk Manager at Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Google Autocomplete results: He is eighth when you type Ryan Bra, between Ryan Branski, an Associate Director at NYU Voice Center, and Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director at Princeton Pro Musica. The first entry when you google Ryan Bradley is not the ballplayer but a figure skater.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Scott Bradley.

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