The Texas Rangers seem to be on the verge of calling up left-handed starter Cody Bradford from Triple-A Round Rock. Let me explain: Bradford was scheduled to start Sunday for the Express and was scratched and replaced by Grant Anderson. They have yet to set their rotation for their next series against the Braves at Globe Life Field.
Bradford has been dominant in the minors this season, posting a 5-1 record with a 0.91 ERA in seven starts. He has struck out 37 batters in 39.2 innings, and he has allowed just 21 hits.
Bradford is a classic soft-tossing left-hander with a four-seam fastball that sits at 89-92 mph and can touch up to 95. He also has a plus low-80s changeup and a cutter that was added to his repertoire late last season.
Bradford‘s call-up is a major boost for the Rangers, who are currently in 1st place in the AL West.
The team is 24-15 prior to their game against the Athletics and leading the AL West by 4 games. Bradford’s addition to the rotation gives the Rangers another quality starter who can help them make a run at the playoffs, even though it is only May.
Here are some additional details about Cody Bradford:
- He was drafted by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
- He attended Baylor University, where he won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year and co-tournament MVP honors as a sophomore.
- He is 6’4″ and 197 pounds.
- He throws a four-seam fastball, a changeup, and late last season, added a cutter.
- He is known for his command and his ability to mix his pitches.
- He will likely make his debut against the Atlanta Braves.
- Cody Bradford will be the 191st former RoughRider to make their MLB Debut.
Let me be clear: I have not yet received confirmation that Cody Bradford will be called up to the major leagues, but all signs point to that being the case. One thing is for certain: he has earned it.
It is now official! Cody Bradford will make his major league debut today against the Atlanta Braves.