CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

World Series time! Enjoy Premium-level access to most features through the end of the Series!

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Painting the Black: Sl... (02/07)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Raising Aces: The Evol... (01/31)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush Lea... (02/14)
Next Article >>
Remembering Ralph Kine... (02/07)

February 7, 2014

Raising Aces

Bush League: Archie Bradley

by Doug Thorburn


Archie Bradley was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks near the top of the first round of the 2011 draft, checking in at seventh overall, but he was actually the fifth pitcher selected in a draft class that was historically loaded with arms. The right-hander was chosen out of Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma, just three spots behind his friend and fellow Oklahoma prepster Dylan Bundy. The BP prospect team recently tabbed Bradley as the top prospect in Arizona’s system, and he ranked ninth on the Top 101 list, slotting just behind Taijuan Walker as the second-best pitching prospect in the game.

Level

GS

IP

ERA

K %

BB %

H %

HR %

A+

5

28.7

1.26

37.4%

8.7%

19.1%

0.9%

AA

21

123.3

1.97

23.5%

11.7%

18.4%

1.0%

Bradley has registered high strikeout rates in the minors, but he has been a bit generous with the free pass. The 21-year-old surrendered low hit rates throughout his rise up the minor-league ladder, with a career rate of 6.3 hits per nine innings. Even more stingy with the long ball, Bradley has given up just 12 homers across 290 innings in the pros, and his combination of high walk and strikeout totals with limited results on contact paints a statistical picture of excellent stuff. He was bumped up a level after just five starts of utter dominance in the California League, but his numbers were a bit more human during his four months of Double-A duty. The K rate suffered, dropping below a strikeout per inning, and though his walk rate was still higher than one would like to see in a top prospect, he did make a sizable improvement in the category over his 2012 performance.

The Mobile Bay Bears are not one of the participating teams in the MiLB.tv system, so none of Bradley's home starts for the Southern League club was readily available. This factor was non-trivial when it came to sofa-scouting Bradley’s performance because of his stark home/road splits last season. He performed much better on his home mound, with the most glaring discrepancy being a walk rate that was nearly twice as high on the road (8.7 percent at home, 15.0 percent away).

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

Related Content:  Pitching,  Scouting,  Minor Leagues,  Mechanics,  Archie Bradley

5 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Painting the Black: Sl... (02/07)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Raising Aces: The Evol... (01/31)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush Lea... (02/14)
Next Article >>
Remembering Ralph Kine... (02/07)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
The View from the Loge Level: Managing to Wi...
Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Alcide...
Minor League Update: Games of Monday, Octobe...
Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Gi...
Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the ...
Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflie...
Pitching Backward: How To Get A Hit Off Madi...

MORE FROM FEBRUARY 7, 2014
Remembering Ralph Kiner
Premium Article Painting the Black: Slow Jams
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree
Premium Article Minor League Update: Caribbean Series Game o...
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
Fantasy Article TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Shortstops

MORE BY DOUG THORBURN
2014-02-21 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking...
2014-02-14 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Marcus Stroman an...
2014-02-12 - BP Unfiltered: T-Mac's Mechanics
2014-02-07 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
2014-01-31 - Premium Article Raising Aces: The Evolution of Pitching Mech...
2014-01-24 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Bl...
2014-01-17 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fa...
More...

MORE RAISING ACES
2014-02-28 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney
2014-02-21 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking...
2014-02-14 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Marcus Stroman an...
2014-02-07 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
2014-01-31 - Premium Article Raising Aces: The Evolution of Pitching Mech...
2014-01-24 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Bl...
2014-01-17 - Premium Article Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fa...
More...