21-Year-Old Pitcher – Arizona Diamondbacks
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Bradley is the top prospect in Arizona's farm system. In 152 innings, he posted a 1.84 ERA between High-A and Double-A, with 21 of his 26 starts coming at the latter. Control is the biggest hurdle he ...
Archie Bradley Contract Information:
Signed with the D-Backs and received a $5 million bonus (spread out over five years) in August of 2011.
D-Backs general manager Kevin Towers said that the addition of Bronson Arroyo doesn't eliminate Bradley from the mix for a rotation spot, the Arizona Republic reports. "With Archie, it's not about trying to save a year or save money," Towers said. "We need to win games; we want to win games. If we think he's ready coming out of the spring and that we're a better ballclub with Archie being on it, he's going to be there."
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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Archie Bradley
2014 projections compared to top pitchers in 2013.
Arizona Diamondbacks Roster
MajorsArroyo, Bronson (P)
AAAAnderson, Chase (P)
AAAhmed, Nick (SS)
A+Helm, Matt (1B)
ABlair, Aaron (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Making his full season debut, Bradley carried an impressive 10.0 K/9 over 140 innings (28 starts) at Low-A South Bend. There were occasional bouts with poor control (5.6 BB/9), but he showed signs of improvement down the stretch. In addition to a high-90s fastball, Bradley features a curveball and changeup and has proven capable of getting a significant number of his outs on the ground (1.82 GO/AO) and subsequently, keeps the ball in the park (0.45 HR/9). Drafted out of high school in 2011, the next test for Bradley should include opening the season at High-A Visalia as he'll likely need two more seasons of development in the minors before entering the conversation for a rotation spot in Arizona in late 2014 or early 2015.
Bradley passed up the opportunity to play quarterback at the University of Oklahoma to sign with the D-Backs as the seventh overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He was limited to rookie- and instructional-league innings after signing and will begin his full-season professional career in 2012 at Low-A South Bend. Already with a fastball that sits in the 95-98 mph range, Bradley also features a good mid-80s curveball and could move quickly for a high school product, putting him on track with a major league ETA of 2014.