Archie Bradley (baseball)

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Archie Bradley
Arizona Diamondbacks
Pitcher
Born: (1992-08-10) August 10, 1992 (age 21)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Archie N. Bradley (born August 10, 1992) is a pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He was drafted seventh overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Amateur career[edit]

After transferring from Muskogee High School to Broken Arrow Senior High School before his junior year,[1] Bradley quickly became the starting quarterback on the school's varsity football team and a starting pitcher for the baseball team. After his junior year, Bradley was named to the 2010 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic roster.[2] In 2011, during his senior season, he led the team to a 36–2 record and its first 6A State Championship since 1991. In the championship game against the Rams of Owasso High School, Bradley struck out 14 batters and allowed just two hits over seven innings in a 4–0 win.[3] He finished his senior season with a 12–1 record, allowing just three earned runs in 7113 innings, walking 11 batters and striking out 133.[4]

Bradley was expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft. He committed to play both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but due to his high draft status, eventually signed a professional baseball contract.[5] ESPN baseball insider, Keith Law, ranked Bradley as the number nine prospect in the 2011 draft. Archie was selected as the 7th Overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft to the Arizona Diamondbacks.[6]

Professional career[edit]

On August 15, 2011, with only minutes left until the signing deadline, Bradley signed a contract with the Diamondbacks for $5 million, to be spread out over five years due to his two-sport abilities. Instead of going to college to play both football and baseball, he was sent to Arizona for workouts at the rookie level before being sent to the Arizona League.[7] Prior to the 2012 season, he was ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball.[8]

In 2012, Bradley went 12–6 with a 3.84 ERA for Low-A South Bend (Midwest League). He pitched 136 innings with 152 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.26.

Scouting report[edit]

Bradley is a 6'4", 225 lb. right-handed pitcher who features a fastball that sits in the 92–95 mph range, topping out around 97 mph. He also throws a knuckle curveball in the low 80s that he describes having 12–6 movement.[9] He also occasionally throws a changeup.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muskogee native Archie Bradley shines in All-Stars Futures Game". Associated Press. The Daily Progress. July 15, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aflac All-American". Aflac All-American. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  3. ^ "BA tops Owasso for state championship". Tulsa World. May 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Bradley's pitching ranks No. 1 in recent state title game history". Tulsa World. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  5. ^ Kevin King (2011-05-09). "Bradley Signs With OU". KTUL.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  6. ^ "2011 MLB draft: Keith Law's Top 100 draft prospect rankings". ESPN.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  7. ^ Steve Gilbert (August 16, 2011). "D-backs sign first-round Draft pick Archie Bradley". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  8. ^ 2012 Top 100 Prospects
  9. ^ Laurila, David (April 3, 2012). "Q&A: Archie Bradley, Future D-Backs Ace". Fangraphs. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Belmont, Thomas (March 4, 2012). "Prospect Instinct 2012 – Archie Bradley, RHP Arizona Diamondbacks". Baseball Instinct. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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