When a once-heralded prospect like Archie Bradley strikes out 19 hitters over his last two starts, you take notice. More importantly, Bradley struck out 10 Chicago Cubs hitters in his June 3 start – no easy feat. The young hurler did take the loss Friday even though he only gave up one earned run, but there are positive signs that good things are on the horizon for the youngster moving forward. To this point, Bradley's career major league numbers haven't revved many engines (59.3 IP, 48:33 K:BB, 5.46 ERA, 1.53 WHIP), but he is only 23-years old and offers solid potential moving forward.
Bradley has an interesting repertoire of pitches. He throws a 12-6 curveball using a knuckleball grip and his four-seam fastball is thrown only at average speeds (92-93 mph). The curve is Bradley's out-pitch, offering some decent speed and excellent downward motion. The key here: Bradley is throwing his curve well right now.
There is some question as to how long Bradley will stick in the D-Backs' rotation, since he's filling in for an injured Shelby Miller, but giving him a whirl where reliable pitching is hard to come by isn't a bad idea. I would, however, be skeptical in using Bradley in DFS situations, mainly since he has lacked consistency over his young career. Still, in the right circumstances Bradley could find his way into my GPP lineups if the matchup seems enticing enough.
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