Archie Bradley Scouting Report

Archie Bradley Scouting Report

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Archie Bradley Scouting Report

Archie Bradley is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and is a name anyone in the baseball world should know by now. Drafted 7th overall by the Diamondbacks in 2011, Bradley has drawn comparisons to Justin Verlander because of his overpowering fastball and his plus curveball. The consensus among scouts seems to be that he is destined for a very successful major league career if he is able to develop his changeuARCHIE BRADLEY scouting reportp, his one lacking pitch. After a very successful 2013 campaign, Bradley struggled with his control and battled an elbow injury that limited him to 79 innings between AA and AAA in 2014, but is still on track for a shot on the Diamondbacks major league roster in 2015.

Bradley is without a doubt a power pitcher; standing 6’4” at 235 pounds, he brings a ton of force to a fastball that consistently hits at 95 mph and up with a sharp down-plane action. Coupled with an above average curveball, scouts believe he could be successful in the major leagues as a middle rotation starter with just these two pitches. While again his 2014 numbers are marred by injury, his ridiculous numbers at the Advanced A level in 2013, a 1.26 ERA and an absurd 37.4 Strikeout % indicate that his control issues and lack of a true third pitch can be overshadowed by his overall dominance.

Time to Quiet the Crowd

That being said, Bradley needs to jump out to strong start in 2015 to quiet critics who are calling his 2014 season a total blunder, and there are some numbers to back that up. He posted a spiked BB/9 rate of 5.9 and a deflated K/9 rate of 7.5 for AA after recovering from his elbow injury. In addition to his elbow issues, Bradley opened up his body a little too much late in his delivery last season, which resulted in a balls trailing off towards the third base side of the plate. Bradley has a lot to prove in 2015 but many scouts have confidence that he will continue to refine his approach to help improve his command, and Bradley truly profiles as a possible top of the rotation starter if he can do that. His goals for the season begin and end with improving his walks and continue to develop his change –up. He clearly has great stuff and there is no doubt about his mental toughness, it’s just a matter of time before we see him face batters at Chase Field. While he shouldn’t truly be regarded higher than Noah Syndergaard or Robert Stephenson because of his recent struggles, the consensus seems to be that he has the highest ceiling of all of them.

Info:
Position: RHP
DOB: 8/10/1992
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 4″, Weight: 235
Rankings:
#2: MLB Top Prospect.com Right-Handed Pitchers
#9: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#1: Arizona prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com
Draft details:
Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 1st Round, 7th overall in the 2011 First Year Players Draft out of Broken Arrow H.S. in Oklahoma.
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Fastball: 75 | Curveball: 70 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 65