Archie Bradley
Archie Bradley
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Walked off by Cubs
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 21, 2019
Bradley (1-2) allowed a run on two hits and a hit batsman without recording an out in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
The Diamondbacks tied the game in the top of the ninth and turned it over to Bradley, who is still searching for the 2017 version of himself. Javier Baez, who doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third base on an error, scored the winning run on a David Bote single. It was the third time in the last four outings that Bradley's had some difficulty.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .193 275 76 30 47 12 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .245 355 89 16 81 11 3 14
2019vs Left .154 16 6 3 2 1 0 0
2019vs Right .391 28 5 2 9 1 0 2
2018vs Left .165 124 35 14 18 4 0 1
2018vs Right .272 172 40 6 44 8 1 8
2017vs Left .223 135 35 13 27 7 0 0
2017vs Right .193 155 44 8 28 2 2 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 2.48 0.99 80.0 3 4 2 9.3 2.1 0.9
Since 2017Away 2.81 1.29 73.2 5 6 2 10.0 3.3 0.9
2019Home 4.50 1.50 4.0 0 1 0 13.5 4.5 4.5
2019Away 0.00 2.00 5.0 1 1 0 9.0 5.4 0.0
2018Home 3.16 1.03 37.0 2 3 1 9.2 2.4 1.0
2018Away 4.15 1.27 34.2 2 2 2 9.6 2.6 1.3
2017Home 1.62 0.90 39.0 1 0 1 9.0 1.6 0.5
2017Away 1.85 1.21 34.0 2 3 0 10.6 3.7 0.5
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Notches first win
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2019
Bradley (1-1) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves.
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Takes first loss
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 12, 2019
Bradley (0-1) allowed a run on two hits and struck out two over one inning in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Padres.
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Picks up second hold
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 3, 2019
Bradley worked around two hits in a scoreless eighth inning Tuesday against the Padres.
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Aligned for setup role
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 24, 2019
Bradley will fill a setup role for the Diamondbacks to start the season, with Greg Holland officially named the team's closer.
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Returns to action
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 17, 2019
Bradley (neck) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Rangers, Nick PIecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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