Fun Fact: If you search for Chasen Bradford, how Chasen’s name is listed on the Mets official website and on his twitter, no results turn up. However, if you search for Chase, you’ll be led to the page of Chasen David Bradford.
Chasen is returning to Mets camp as a non-roster invitee as a 27-year old pitcher from Las Vegas who has been pitching in Las Vegas. The Mets drafted him in 2011 out of the University of Central Florida.
Chasen’s run numbers have gotten consistently worse the longer he’s been in Vegas going from a 3.52 ERA in 2014, to a 4.10 to a 4.80 last year. But it’s also Vegas? Maybe. His WHIP has gone from a 1.26 to a 1.57 and then back down last year to a 1.477. His best year in Vegas, 2014, was his worst year for HR9 (1.2, now a 0.7) and his K/9 rebounded last year from a 6.5 to 7.4.
Important to note, his first year in Vegas was by far his best K/W at 10.25, it then rocketed downward in 2015 to 3.29 and now its 4.15.
On the plus side for Chase, he’s become more consistent over the last couple of years. Not blowing away the competition in the Minors like he was doing 2012 to 2014 (prior to Vegas) but not completely imploding in Vegas like we’ve seen pitchers do as well (Pimentel, Thornton for example).