The existence of a “diary” that helped the growth of Bradley, a promising stock of Rays

Raise’s promising right-hander Taji Bradley pitched in a total of 23 games (22 starts) last season in minor A and A + classes, pitching 1/3 103 times, 12 wins and 3 losses, ERA 1.83, 123 strikeouts. I left a wonderful result. Behind the rapid growth was the existence of a “diary” that wrote down the advice obtained from pitcher coaches and others. At first, Bradley said, “I treated it like a diary,” but gradually he began to write records of his practice and games, and he began to write down advice and memorable phrases. The “diary” played a major role in daily growth.

On the first day of the spring camp a year ago, pitcher coach RC Lichtenstein advised Bradley on how to throw a cutter during pitching practice with a bullpen. He had advanced advice on how to bend the ball and how to use it for left-handed hitters, but Bradley wrote it down in his “diary” and looked back over and over again. .. Lichtenstein was impressed by how a young player strives for his future.

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The accumulation of such efforts played a major role in the big break of last season along with the evolution of Bradley’s own body. The right arm, who finished in the rookie class with an earned run average of 5 points in 2018, the first year of the pro, is now ranked 6th in the prospect ranking by team released by “MLB Pipeline”, and will be overall in the near future. They are expected to be in the top 100.

Rays values ​​the idea that when a coach gives advice to a player, he should not just give an answer, but ask another question. According to Lichtenstein, Bradley is one of the players who puts that team’s policy into practice, “he always understands what things mean and puts them into action, and asks more questions.” ing. “The conversation with him is really refreshing and really fun, because I never repeat the same conversation twice,” says Lichtenstein.

When writing a “diary,” Bradley says, “don’t think too much about the past, just write what you think should be improved in the future.” He only briefly notes the past consequences of what he did and what he couldn’t do, and what he needs to grow in the future. In addition, he thinks that “avoiding mistakes made by others is profitable,” and records the stories of failures heard from those around him.

Bradley humbly says, “It’s an old-fashioned way.” But what he thought was necessary was written down in his “diary” and read back regularly, which underpins the growth of his right arm, who will soon be celebrating his 21st birthday.