2017 Mets Relief Pitcher: Chasen Bradford (2017)

Chasen David Bradford was born on August 5th 1989 in Las Vegas Nevada. The six foot one right hander attended Junior College at Southern Nevada & two years at University of Central Florida. Ne was drafted by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB draft.

A career reliever, he went 9-3 with a 2.61 ERA at A ball & AA combined in 2013. In 2014 he posted 11 saves in 23 appearances overall, first at AA Binghamton, then was promoted to AAA Las Vegas where he grew up, and saved five more.

He pitched the next two seasons at Vegas & posted an ERA a bit over for which isn't bad at such a hitters friendly park the 51's play in. He combined with other relievers in the closer role & notched 12 saves in the two years. Most of his outs come on ground balls due to his sinker & slider.

He began 2017 at Las Vegas & was called up to help an ailing Mets bullpen, making his debut on June 25th in an 8-2 win at San Francisco over the Giants. He finished the game, struck out two & allowed one hit.

He got to finish off an 8-0 shut out in Miami three days later. He had two rough outings in July & was sent back down until the start of August.

In his first game back he
pitched two innings of a 10-5 win at Colorado & earned his first career victory. He pitched well through August not allowing a run but was shelled on August 29th giving up seven runs (four earned) on six hits not recording any outs against the Cincinnati Reds in a 14-4 Met loss.

He rebounded well, in ten September outing he only allowed runs in one game. On September 22nd, he pitched a scoreless 6th inning against the Nationals & earned his second win. On the year he was 2-0 with three holds, 27 strike outs, 13 walks & a 3.74 ERA in 33.2 innings in 28 appearances.

Family: Bradford's father, two uncles & currently his brother have all served in the military. Bradford says he also intends to do some time in the service after his baseball career.

"The flag will always hold a special place in my heart, It's given me plenty of opportunities and I know the sacrifices people have made for it."


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