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25 Archie Bradley SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 8/10/1992 | Birthplace: Muskogee, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 64/1
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Arizona not ready to promote Archie Bradley to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) There appears to be a difference of opinion between the Diamondbacks and the agent for starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley

Jay Franklin, Bradley's agent, believes his client is ready for the majors, but Arizona general manager Kevin Towers disagrees.

"I think it's very apparent what is going on in Arizona," Franklin told FOX Sports Monday night. "Every ballplayer that is playing minor-league baseball works his tail off to get an opportunity to play in the big leagues. Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues."

Towers said he has two reasons for not bringing Bradley to the majors. He doesn't want Bradley to face added pressure during the team's poor start, and he feels Bradley has some work left to do after struggling in his final two spring training appearances.

"I would not bring him up in this environment the way we're playing," Towers said. "I know how it would be perceived if he came up: 'Archie is going to save us.' I don't want to do that to a 21-year-old kid.

"In spring training, if he had continued to deal, we would have started (the season) with him. His fastball command was not there in spring training. He'll even admit that. If it gets to the point where we straighten this thing out and it's a more positive environment here and he's throwing the ball well, we'll do it regardless of the (arbitration) clock."


Archie Bradley demoted by Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Diamondbacks premier pitching prospect Archie Bradley has been reassigned to minor league camp. The 21-year-old had been competing for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Bradley is expected to make an impact at the major league level at some point this season if he continues to pitch as well as he did in 2013. Bradley won 14 of 19 decisions with a 1.84 ERA, but has yet to perform beyond Double-A.


Archie Bradley worth stashing for the long haul


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Archie Bradley appears to be out of the running as Diamondbacks fifth starter, but that doesn't mean you should turn the page on him in Fantasy. With the exception of Taijuan Walker, who already has a job when his shoulder allows him to return to the mound, Bradley is the pitching prospect to own this year and has perhaps a better chance of making an impact in mixed leagues than Gerrit Cole did at this time last year. Don't you wish you had stashed him ahead of time?

Unlike Cole, Bradley was legitimately in the mix this spring, putting him first in line for a team whose current starting rotation includes Bronson Arroyo, a 37-year-old currently battling a bulging disk, Brandon McCarthy, an oft-injured 30-year-old who has never thrown 180 innings in season and hasn't thrown even 140 since 2011, and Trevor Cahill, who followed up a disappointing 2013 with a disastrous spring and even worse debut in Australia. And Bradley's easiest path to the big leagues might actually be through Randall Delgado, who narrowly beat him out for the fifth job despite a couple more years of experience.

So how long would you give it? Six weeks? A month? Seems worth the wait for a pitcher of Bradley's caliber. Granted, he's had some control issues in the minors, but so did Cole. So has Yordano Ventura. For how soon we'll see him, you don't risk much investing a roster spot in Bradley. Among players destined for the minors to begin the year, he ranks right after George Springer for me.


Diamondbacks rotation taking shape?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) It appears Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley will have to wait a little longer to make his MLB debut. With Patrick Corbin out for the season due to elbow surgery, Randall Delgado is expected to join the rotation, according to FOX Sports Arizona.

Bradley and fellow pitching prospect Bo Schultz are expected to open the season at Triple-A Reno. 

Brandon McCarthy will start Arizona's U.S. opener against the Giants Monday. He is expected to be followed by Wade Miley, Delgado, Bronson Arroyo and Trevor Cahill

The Diamondbacks have not announced their pitching plans moving forward, but McCarthy is to start Wednesday's exhibition game against the Cubs, and the others are scheduled to follow him this week, according to FOX Sports.


Injury to SP could open up opportunity for Archie Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) The Diamondbacks revealed some disappointing news Sunday that starting pitcher Patrick Corbin is headed for a second opinion after an MRI showed damage to the UCL in his left elbow. Corbin's injury could open a spot in the rotation for highly touted pitching prospect Archie Bradley, who is competing with Randall Delgado for the final spot in the team's rotation, per USA Today.

Bradley is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in three starts this spring. He has struck out 10 batters and walked six in 8 1/3 innings.


Archie Bradley strikes out six in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley shined in his spring debut Monday, allowing just one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 5-0 win over the Rockies.

Tabbed a top-ten prospect overall by Baseball America and MLB.com this preseason, Bradley was productive in Double-A last season, going 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA and 119:59 K:BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. He's primed to make his major-league debut sometime in 2014, likely near the end of the season.


Archie Bradley planning to pitch Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley is planning to pitch Monday, according to azcentral.com.

Bradley was set to pitch Saturday, but the team's game was rained out. Arizona has two split squad games set up Monday, and it's unclear what game Bradley will pitch. He's expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation, though may have an uphill battle with Bronson Arroyo in town.


Archie Bradley not bothered by Bronson Arroyo signing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley is likely ticketed for the minors to start the season now that Bronson Arroyo is part of the rotation. However, Bradley is taking the signing in stride, according to MLB.com.

"I knew it was coming, kind of," he said. "There was talk about us signing a pitcher the whole time, but honestly as cliché as it sounds it really didn't bother me that much. I think if you look at what Bronson brings to this club he makes us better."

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Sunday while it looks like the team's rotation is set, he's not ruling out the highly touted prospect Bradley from working his way into the mix.

"It's a long spring and there's a lot that can happen," Bradley said. "But I'm young and I have a lot of time left in front of me and I'm just going to keep preparing, keep learning and just kind of prepare myself for whether it's day one or down the road and they call me and say, 'Let's go.'

"I've said all along my goal wasn't to win a spot, it was to come in and compete and put pressure on this organization to kind of show them the strides I've made and where I've improved and it's still the same thing."


Signing could ensure more time in minors for Archie Bradley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) Diamondbacks premier pitching prospect Archie Bradley iprobably lost his opportunity to earn a starting spot out of spring training with the Friday signing of Bronson Arroyo, USA Today has speculated.

Arroyo joins a rotation that already includes Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Brandon McCarthy.

The 21-year-old Bradley has yet to pitch at Triple-A and might need more seasoning. But he was dominant at the Class A and AA levels a year ago, sporting a 14-5 record, 1.84 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He fanned 169 in 152 innings.


Archie Bradley won't make MLB debut in 2013


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers confirmed Friday that pitching prospect Archie Bradley won't be called up to make his major-league debut during the final days of the 2013 season, MLB.com reports.

"To add him to the roster in the winter when roster spots are very valuable to us -- and the team being pretty much out of contention -- didn't make a lot of sense," Towers said.

Bradley went 14-5 with a 1.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 162:69 K:BB ratio in 152 innings between high Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile.


Archie Bradley pitches five innings in Double-A no-hitter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley combined with four relievers to throw the first no-hitter in Double-A Mobile's history Wednesday. Bradley went five innings while striking out seven and walking five before turning it over to the bullpen.

Bradley has made 18 starts for Mobile, going 9-5 with a 2.00 ERA and 107:49 K:BB ratio in 108 innings. He is currently ranked as the seventh-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com.


Diamondbacks have 'no need to rush' Archie Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers was very cautious Tuesday when talking about promoting starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley, according to The Arizona Republic.

"It depends on where we’re at and where our club is at," Towers said. "He doesn’t have to be added to the (40-man) roster (this winter). There’s no need to rush. If we think he’s ready and we’re in the thick of things, he could be a difference maker. I don’t foresee us bringing him up if we’re not in it."

Bradley, a 2011 first-round pick, has been churning through the minors and has progressed to Double-A. It seems the Diamondbacks are going to give the 21-year-old hurler a chance next spring to earn a spot in the team's rotation.

"He’ll probably come to camp and try to win a spot," Towers said. "But it’s going to be tough. There’s going to be good competition."


Is Archie Bradley 'untouchable' as far as trade?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said earlier this year starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley wasn't going to be traded, but Sunday he insisted no player is off limits, according to The Arizona Republic. Although Towers probably hasn't changed his opinion of Bradley, even mentioning the right-hander as a potential late-season call-up, the general manager said he won't turn down an offer before hearing it.

"I never have anybody that’s untouchable," Towers said. "Certain guys are tougher to move than others, but I think you’ve always got to have an open mind."


Archie Bradley's stock on the rise


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitching prospect Archie Bradley entered the season as one of the top young pitchers in the game, and he has only improved his stack while earning a promotion to Double-A.

On the strength of a 1.95 ERA in 110 2/ innings between Class A and Double-A, Bradley is now ranked as the No. 7 prospect in baseball according to an MLB.com midseason update. Bradley entered the season ranked 24th. 


Steep price tag for Archie Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told MLB.com the team will have to receive an elite MLB starter in return if the team chooses to trade starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley, who entered the season as Arizona's second-best prospect, according to MLB.com.

"It would need to be a significant upgrade from what we have," Towers said. "Controllable young pitching is valuable. We're not going to give up a lot for a back-end-of-the-rotation starter. We're not going to sacrifice the future."


Archie Bradley still performing well since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley had his worst start of the season Saturday for Double-A Mobile, allowing six runs in five innings, but his numbers still look strong despite the off night. Bradley is 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA and .209 opponents' batting average in 10 starts since his promotion from Class A Visalia. 

Bradley has struck out 60 batters and walked 27 in 59 innings for Mobile. He has 103 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings this season.


Archie Bradley shakes off injury to win again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley not only was able to stay on turn after injuring his knee in his last start for Double-A Mobile, but he tossed six scoreless innings Monday on his way to his second win. Bradley also struck out nine batters, while allowing two hits and three walks.

"It's good," Bradley said of his knee, per MLB.com. "I kinda slid awkwardly and jammed it and I came out for precautionary reasons because we didn't want to push it. It just felt better and better every day. Fortunately it wasn't worse. It was a little tight [on Thursday], maybe a little sore, but nothing that concerned me. I played catch, I ran, I threw my bullpen."

Bradley has allowed one run on seven hits and six walks in 14 innings (three starts) since his promotion from Class A. Bradley is 4-0 with a 1.05 ERA and .193 opponents' batting average in eight starts between the two levels. He also has 63 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. 

Bradley's teams are 8-0 when the right-hander has been on the hill this year.

"It's a good stat, I didn't know that," Bradley said. "Obviously I'm just trying to do my part. I pride myself on pitching quickly and throwing strikes and getting everybody involved."


Archie Bradley says he's fine after knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley was lifted from his start Wednesday for Double-A Mobile after two innings because of a right knee injury, according to MLB.com. Bradley was pulled for precautionary reasons after injuring his knee sliding into second base in the third inning trying to break up a double play.

Bradley later took to Twitter to say he was fine and expects to make his next start. He will be reevaluated Thursday.

"Everything is fine," Bradley said via Twitter direct message, per MLB.com. "I was cleared to go back out, but [there's] no reason to push. Reevaluating (Thursday) morning, but everything is good [to] pitch again."

Bradley was having another outstanding start before getting hurt. He tossed two scoreless innings and struck out four. Since his promotion from Class A, Bradley is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and .179 opponents' batting average in two starts for Mobile. He has struck out 11 in eight innings.


Archie Bradley wins in Double-A debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2013) After five dominant starts at Class A, the Diamondbacks opted to move starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley up to Double-A Mobile. The 6-4, 225-pound hurler showed in his Mobile debut Thursday pitching in the high minors likely won't be a problem.

Bradley allowed one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven and won his Double-A debut.

"If you ask any player, they will say they want to play at the next level," Bradley said, per MLB.com. "I wouldn't say I had the California League figured out, but I was confident in myself and how I was throwing."

Bradley is now 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA and .213 opponents' batting average through six starts. He also has 50 strikeouts to 12 walks in 34 2/3 innings.


Archie Bradley promoted to Double-A


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley was promoted to Double-A Mobile on Wednesday.

The right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in five starts for Class A Visalia. He also struck out 43 in 28 2/3 innings pitched compared to just 10 walks.

Bradley was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 draft by Arizona.

Archie Bradley breezing through Class A starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Archie Bradley breezed through another start for Class A Visalia Wednesday. Bradley tossed six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10.

"I felt like maybe for the first time in my professional career like I was very consistent in the things I did," said Bradley, who stuck primarily with his fastball-curveball combination, per MLB.com. "I got ahead and threw first-pitch strikes, and when you're ahead, you can do a lot of different things."

Bradley has tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings in two starts, striking out 19. Only Tony Cingrani has more strikeouts (21) in the minors and Bradley is one of five pitchers who hasn't given up a run in 10 or more innings.


Archie Bradley could move quickly


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2013) Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley got off to a strong start this season.

In his first minor-league start of the year, Bradley tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and three walks, striking out nine hitters. 

Bradley is starting the year in High-A, but could move quickly based on how well he performs. He had a 3.99 ERA in his first professional season in 2012. Tyler Skaggs may be closer to the majors, but Bradley is considered to be a high-upside prospect too.


Archie Bradley not intimidated by hitter-friendly league


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2013) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley showed during his season debut Friday for Class A Visalia he has no worries about throwing in the hitter-friendly California League. The 2011 first-round pick, who is considered a top-25 prospect by MLB.com (No. 24) and Baseball America (No. 25), allowed four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out nine.

"I feel like people talk up this league a little too much," Bradley told MLB.com. "If you believe in yourself, you'll be all right. At the end of the day, you're the one with the ball in your hand. If you leave the ball up in the zone, good hitters are going to hit it out, no matter what level you're at."


D-Backs patient with Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2013) Diamondbacks 2011 first-round pick Archie Bradley held batters to a .181 batting average in 2012, which was the second-best mark in the minors, according to MLB.com. He also had 152 strikeouts, which was second best in the Midwest League (Class A). Bradley went 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 27 starts (136 innings) in his first full pro season. About Bradley's only issue was his high walk rate (5.6 walks per nine innings). Still, the team feels Bradley's progression is right on course. "We want to do the right thing with him, so that when he gets to the big leagues, he can stay there," Diamondbacks minor league director Mike Bell said.