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Full Name: Brad William Radke Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/180 First Game: April 29, 1995
Birthdate: October 27, 1972 MLB Experience: 12 years
Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Brad Radke (born October 27 1972) is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. He has been in the organization for almost 15 years, and on the major league team for almost 10 years.

Radke was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and graduated from Jesuit High School of Tampa where he was known as a scholar-athlete.

Radke was not considered a top prospect before being drafted in the 8th round of the 1991 amateur draft by the Twins. Once he was in the majors though, he was valued highly and the Twins were offered a large amount of talent for him, but they never gave him up.

In his debut season (1995), he finished 11-14 with a 5.32 ERA. It was not a great start, and he vowed to improve as a pitcher. He did just that in the next two years. In 1997, he finished an excellent season with a 20-10 record and a 3.87 ERA. He finished the year with 239 innings pitched, 4th most in the league.

For the past 9 years, he has been known as one of the most consistent pitchers in the game. Besides his debut season (5.32), he never finished above a 5.00 ERA. Besides his 2004 season (3.48), he has never finished below a 3.50 ERA. In his career, he is a solid 127-118 with an overall ERA of 4.23.

He is known for being one of the best control pitchers of the modern era, walking an average of only 41 batters a year, in an average of 34 games a year.

Postseason

Before the 2002 season, his Twins team was generally one of the lesser teams of the league. However, from 2002 to 2004, they made the playoffs each year. His postseason totals are very solid with an overall 3.19 ERA in 31 innings pitched.

His best postseason series was his first, against Oakland. He started 2 games out of the 5, winning both with a 1.54 ERA. Radke only gave up 1 run in the deciding game of the series before the 5-1 Twins lead was almost squandered in the 9th, when Eddie Guardado gave up 3 runs. But the Twins won 5-4 and advanced to the 2002 American League Championship Series. He would go on to lose the only game he pitched against the Angels, but shut them out for the first 6 innings of that game. In the end, the Twins bullpen and offense failed and they lost 7-1 and lost the series 4-1.

He is 2-2 overall in the postseason.

Highlights

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1995 MIN A 29 28 11 14 5.32 75 112 107 2 1 0 181 195 32 47 0 4 4
1996 MIN A 35 35 11 16 4.46 148 125 115 3 0 0 232 231 40 57 2 1 4
1997 MIN A 35 35 20 10 3.87 174 114 103 4 1 0 239.2 238 28 48 1 1 3
1998 MIN A 32 32 12 14 4.30 146 109 102 5 1 0 213.2 238 23 43 1 3 9
1999 MIN A 33 33 12 14 3.75 121 97 91 4 0 0 218.2 239 28 44 0 4 1
2000 MIN A 34 34 12 16 4.45 141 119 112 4 1 0 226.2 261 27 51 1 5 5
2001 MIN A 33 33 15 11 3.94 137 105 99 6 2 0 226 235 24 26 0 4 10
2002 MIN A 21 21 9 5 4.72 62 64 62 2 1 0 118.1 124 12 20 0 0 7
2003 MIN A 33 33 14 10 4.49 120 111 106 3 1 0 212.1 242 32 28 2 0 5
2004 MIN A 34 34 11 8 3.48 143 92 85 1 1 0 219.2 229 23 26 1 2 6
2005 MIN A 31 31 9 12 4.04 117 98 90 3 1 0 200.2 214 33 23 1 2 7
2006 MIN A 28 28 12 9 4.32 83 87 78 0 0 0 162.1 197 24 32 3 2 1
Total 378 377 148 139 4.22 1467 1233 1150 37 10 0 2451 2643 326 445 12 28 62

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1995 MIN A P 29 28 181 17 20 0 1 0 1 7 4 0 1.000
1996 MIN A P 35 35 232 22 15 0 0 0 3 6 5 0 1.000
1997 MIN A P 35 35 239.2 15 31 0 5 0 0 10 7 0 1.000
1998 MIN A P 32 32 213.2 12 34 1 1 0 0 23 12 0 .979
1999 MIN A P 33 33 218.2 21 36 0 5 0 0 13 6 2 1.000
2000 MIN A P 34 34 226.2 29 25 1 5 0 0 14 6 0 .982
2001 MIN A P 33 33 226 13 44 1 4 0 0 15 11 2 .983
2002 MIN A P 21 21 118.1 10 9 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1.000
2003 MIN A P 33 33 212.1 17 32 1 0 0 3 15 6 3 .980
2004 MIN A P 34 34 219.2 17 21 1 2 0 0 10 8 1 .974
2005 MIN A P 31 31 200.2 20 26 2 1 0 0 8 3 0 .958
2006 MIN A P 28 28 162.1 20 21 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 1.000
Total P 378 377 2451 213 314 7 25 0 7 129 75 9 .987

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1995 MIN A 29 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 MIN A 35 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 MIN A 35 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
1998 MIN A 32 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 MIN A 33 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2000 MIN A 34 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2001 MIN A 33 4 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 MIN A 21 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 MIN A 33 5 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 MIN A 34 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
2005 MIN A 31 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
2006 MIN A 28 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total 378 29 0 3 0 0 .103 .103 .103 0 0 0 9 0 5 0 0 0

Transactions

  • Selected by Minnesota Twins in the 8th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1991 - signed June 22, 1991).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2004).
  • Signed by Minnesota Twins (December 7, 2004).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 2006).

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