Archie Bradley
Archie Bradley
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
10-Day IL
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 5/18/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bradley started the season as the Diamondbacks' closer but got dealt to the Reds at the trade deadline, where he served in a set-up capacity. As part of the Reds' final reshuffling he was non-tendered despite a good season, only to sign with the Phillies on a one-year, $6 million deal in January. He has a legitimate chance to close for his new ballclub, depending on whether new GM Dave Dombrowski brings in another hard-throwing reliever and if Bradley can beat out incumbent Hector Neris. In Bradley's favor is that his new pitching coach is Caleb Cothram, whom he worked with in his brief tenure in Cincinnati, and that he's nominally a harder thrower than Neris, though Bradley's velocity declined in 2020. He has one other big statistical advantage - he walked a mere 4.1% of the batters he faced, whereas Neris walked a whopping 12.6%. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#283
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$Signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2021.
Return delayed by cold
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Oblique
May 6, 2021
Bradley (oblique) has had his timeline delayed by a cold, but he's expected to start throwing bullpens soon with the intention of rejoining the Phillies when they return from their upcoming road trip, which ends May 16, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Bradley was initially expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks when he was sidelined with a strained left oblique in mid-April. The front end of that timeline has already passed and he's still yet to throw a bullpen, but he appears to be trending in the right direction now. He'll likely make a rehab appearance or two with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being activated.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Archie Bradley generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Archie Bradley generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-47%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .247 178 55 18 39 11 3 2
Since 2019vs Right .250 226 53 22 49 9 0 4
2021vs Left .286 7 2 0 2 1 1 0
2021vs Right .333 7 1 1 2 0 0 0
2020vs Left .171 37 9 1 6 1 0 0
2020vs Right .324 36 9 2 11 3 0 1
2019vs Left .267 134 44 17 31 9 2 2
2019vs Right .231 183 43 19 36 6 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-87%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-78%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.91 1.46 50.2 2 1 13 10.5 3.9 0.9
Since 2019Away 2.98 1.28 42.1 4 5 11 10.4 3.8 0.2
2021Home 3.38 1.13 2.2 0 0 0 10.1 3.4 0.0
2021Away 27.00 6.00 .333333 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2020Home 4.66 1.55 9.2 0 0 3 9.3 1.9 0.9
2020Away 1.04 0.58 8.2 2 0 3 8.3 1.0 0.0
2019Home 3.76 1.46 38.1 2 1 10 10.8 4.5 0.9
2019Away 3.24 1.41 33.1 2 4 8 11.1 4.6 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Archie Bradley compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
6.00
 
WHIP
1.67
 
BABIP
.423
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
60.0%
 
Exit Velocity
86.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
13.3%
 
Spin Rate
2065 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
46.7%
 
Swinging Strike
7.6%
 
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Bradley was a good reminder that the only difference between an effective reliever and a closer is the opportunity to garner saves. Bradley eventually took over the closer role in Arizona and went on to lead the club with 18 saves while establishing a new career high in strikeout rate. His hold on the closer role will likely always be tenuous because of his splits. Bradley has his troubles against lefties; some years it is not so bad, but 2019 was all over the place. On the plus side, he struck out one-third of the left-handed hitters he faced. On the down side, he had a 5.28 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and a .267 opponents' batting average. Given his two-pitch repertoire (fastball and curve), splits will continue to plague Bradley until his recently-added changeup can become a more effective pitch. For now, his hold on the closer role is as firm as his ability to avoid a bad week of appearances.
Many see Bradley's 3.64 ERA and claim it was a disappointing season compared to the previous campaign where his ERA was 1.73. The truth is, he was fundamentally the same pitcher both seasons with nearly the same underlying skills. The difference was in 2017, Bradley allowed just four homers while surrendering nine this past season. This helped the right-hander sport a luck-driven 88.2 LOB% in 2017, compared to a more neutral 76.3% this past year. Bradley blew four saves in September, but manager Torey Lovullo said in December that he's leaning toward using him as his closer in 2019. Bradley tied for the league lead in holds with 34 and has clearly earned a good deal of trust. If he keeps the ball in the yard, he stands a good chance of holding onto the job, though there is some trade risk here now that the Diamondbacks have begun selling off pieces.
Bradley lobbied to join the bullpen out of camp, having missed out on a rotation spot during spring training, and the Diamondbacks obliged. It turned out to be a great thing for both the player and team, as Bradley established himself as a high-end reliever with a stellar 2017 campaign and was a key component of the team's wild-card run. His fastball played up much more while working in shorter spurts -- he added four miles-per-hour working in relief -- and he located better, and that allowed him to raise his K-BB to an even 20 percent (from 11.9 percent in 2016). He also added to his groundball rate, boosting it 47.8 percent, and in turn cut his home-run rate in half, bucking a league-wide trend. Bradley's 2.61 FIP ranked sixth among all pitchers with at least 70 innings. Fernando Rodney signed with Minnesota in the offseason and Bradley is a top candidate to step into the ninth-inning role. Buy.
Arizona certainly gave Bradley opportunities to impress in 2016, but the former top prospect fizzled. He finished fourth on the Diamondbacks with 141.2 innings pitched and logged 26 starts, but he recorded just 11 quality starts to go along with a bloated 5.02 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray figure to be locks for the Arizona rotation in 2017, but there's a lot of uncertainty behind those two, which means Bradley could be in line to start again. His pure stuff has always tantalized, and last year he showcased that potential with 143 strikeouts over those 141.2 innings (9.1 K/9). But Bradley will need to improve upon his 4.3 BB/9 if he wants his overall numbers to look better. As it stands, Bradley is a guy who can strike out a lot of hitters but who also allows way too many baserunners. Bradley is worth monitoring, but he hasn't proven himself to be a reliable fantasy option.
Excuse the pun, but Bradley had a snake-bitten 2015 season. The 23-year-old started the season in the MLB rotation, and was excellent out of the gate, going 2-0 in his first three starts while allowing just three earned runs over 18.2 innings. Then, in his fourth start on April 28, Bradley took a line drive off his face and fractured his right sinus. He returned to the rotation on May 16, but he wasn’t the same pitcher. In four starts in May and June, Bradley posted a 10.91 ERA, as his control disappeared, before having his season shut down due to a shoulder injury. Bradley’s prospect star has faded, but he makes for a nice post-hype sleeper, especially in deeper leagues. He was in line to earn a rotation spot out of camp, but then Arizona signed Zack Greinke and traded for Shelby Miller, meaning Bradley will likely begin the 2016 campaign back at Triple-A, where working on his command will be paramount.
Last season was supposed to be Bradley’s coming out party. As a 21-year-old, he was considered by many to be the top pitching prospect in baseball heading into spring training. However, upon his eventual assignment to Triple-A Reno to begin 2014, everyone was treated to a reminder of how volatile even the most surefire pitching prospects can be. He racked up a 5.18 ERA through five starts before getting shelved for two months with an injury to his throwing elbow. Bradley spent the rest of the season with Double-A Mobile, posting a 4.12 ERA and a shoddy 46:36 K:BB ratio in 54.2 innings. His plus-plus fastball/curveball combo and 6-foot-4, 225-pound workhorse frame will keep him on the short list of the top power righties in the minor leagues, but Bradley will need to improve his control drastically to reach his ceiling as a frontline starter. Of course, entering camp fully healthy will be a key part of that equation. Look for him to debut in the D-Backs’ rotation sometime this summer.
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 needs to overcome, as he carried a 4.3 BB/9 with Mobile last season. Bradley throws a live, high-90s fastball, a hard-breaking knuckle curveball, and a changeup. It's expected that he'll eventually become the D-Backs' No. 1 starter, and an arrival to the big leagues could take place during the second half of 2014.
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.
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Out several weeks
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Oblique
April 14, 2021
Bradley (oblique) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Out with oblique issue
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Oblique
April 11, 2021
Bradley was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left oblique strain, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on injured list
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Undisclosed
April 11, 2021
Bradley was placed on the injured list Sunday for undisclosed reasons, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Beginning year as setup man
PPhiladelphia Phillies
March 31, 2021
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Bradley would begin the season as a setup man behind closer Hector Neris, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Scoreless start to camp
PPhiladelphia Phillies
March 13, 2021
Bradley has opened Grapefruit League action with three straight scoreless innings, striking out two while walking one and giving up three hits.
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