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Indians give reliever Atchison contract extension; minor leaguer Bradley named POTW

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 19, 2014

The Indians signed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract extension for next season and a club option for 2016.

The veteran Atchison, 38, has been a versatile member of the Tribe’s bullpen in his first season with the club. He’s 6-0 with a save and a 2.95 ERA in 53 relief appearances. Over 55 innings, he’s struck out 37 batters, issued nine walks and has limited opposing hitters to a .218 average against.

Despite all of the gray-haired teammates’ hilarious “Atchison is so old jokes”, the “old man” continues to get the job done.

Atchison ranks among American League relief leaders in wins (tied for second with six), percentage of inherited runners scored (10that 18 percent) and relief innings (19th in 55 innings) while limiting right-handed hitters to a .214 average against. He’s has been especially tough since June 21, as he owns a 2.28 ERA over his last 22 appearances.

The Texas native owns a career major league record of 16-10 with two saves and a 3.51 ERA over 258 appearances since he made his debut with Seattle in 2004. The Mariners selected Atchison in the 49th round of the 1998 draft out of TCU.

In other Indians news, Arizona League Indians first baseman Bobby Bradley was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the period of August 11-17. Bradley, 18, hit .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, two home runs and owned a 1.333 OPS (.400 on-base percentage and .933 slugging percentage) in four games for the AZL Tribe over the week. Bradley also collected 10 RBI, which was tied for the third most across all levels of Class-A Short Season baseball over that span.

Bradley was the Tribe’s third-round pick (97th overall) in this summer’s draft out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport. Miss., and has played well right out of the gate.

In his first 34 professional games, the left-handed hitter leads the Arizona League in virtually every offensive statistical category. He’s tops in batting average (.375), home runs (seven), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.662), extra-base hits (22) and runs scored (35). His hot start also includes an Arizona League-best 16-game hit streak compiled from July 16 through August 13. Over that span, he hit .419 with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 22 RBI and scored 19 runs.

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