It has been a very odd couple of days for Arizona Diamondback’s minor league phenom Archie Bradley. Just last Friday he had left his wallet on the plane during a trip to Tucson, Arizona from Reno, Nevada as he was giddy about getting prime seats for the flight, or in his words, “I got lucky on the plane and actually got a big seat. I put it (the wallet) in the pouch in front of me and walked right off the plane.”
That night he started for the Arizona Triple-A Reno Aces team and was struck by a baseball in the bottom of the second inning, but luckily the come-backer nailed his calf and he was deemed fine, just like the Sierra-Nevada mountain air; albeit after everyone in God’s country visited the mound to ensure that the talented right-hander was all right. Okay, while that may be a bit overblown, you get my drift.
[pullquote]He has deserved that opportunity (to pitch in the majors) by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak.[/pullquote]
Bradley, who is considered one of the top prospects in Major League Baseball, helped the Aces that day to a 11-1 win over El Paso, striking out five in seven innings, allowing two earned runs.
The 21-year-old nearly missed breaking camp with the big league club this spring after going 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 8 1/3 innings pitched while striking out ten, but he was sent packing with the plan being that he had to work on his control in hopes that when he hits the majors sometime in 2014 that he sticks with the Diamondbacks rather than bouncing back-and-forth to the minors like a pinball. He walked eight this spring and has averaged over a walk every two innings while in the minors.
That news didn’t settle to well though with Bradley’s agent Jay Franklin who believes his client is being held back due to future salary ramifications. In Franklin’s own words, “He has deserved that opportunity (to pitch in the majors) by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak.”
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers defended the decision stating, “I would not bring him up in this environment the way we’re playing. I know how it would be perceived if he came up: ‘Archie is going to save us.’ I don’t want to do that to a 21-year-old kid.” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson quickly backed that up by saying, “We want him when he comes up to stay here when he comes. He just has some things to simplify. He’s close. He’s somebody we look at who could really help us throughout the year. We think this is the way to go about it.”
In four minor league seasons Bradley has accumalated a 27-12 record on a 2.71 ERA, while pitching 302.0 innings, striking out 326 and walking 157. The tell-tale is that he has given up only 210 hits so he has kept his WHIP decently low considering the higher walk ratio.
Expect the young right-hander to show up in the majors before too long, though, as Arizona sports a meager (4-12) record has a major league worse starting pitching combined ERA of 7.16.
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