Friday, December 13, 2013

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Archie Bradley

Just a couple of years ago, the D'Backs appeared to have an entire rotation full of frontline starter prospects at various stages of development.  Hmmm.....does that sound familiar?  Anyway, all that appears to be left of that mother lode of talent is Archie Bradley, the second best pitching prospect out of Oklahoma the year he was drafted, sandwiched between Dylan Bundy and Kyle Crick.  Bradley has been marching his way through the D'Backs minor league system and is now poised to take on AAA in the PCL.  I don't expect him to stay there all season, unless the D'Backs make some more trades or sign some more FA's, which is possible.

Bradley started out last season in the Cal League along with Kyle Crick, but was promoted to AA after 5 games.  His AA pitching line was 12-5, 1.97, 123 IP, 59 BB, 119 K's.  He's a big dude at 6'4", 225 lbs and features what BA describes as a "plus-plus" FB that sits 93-94 MPH and hits 97.  He also has a curveball that BA rates as plus and a still-developing changeup.  He obviously still walks too many batters, but is showing improved command as he goes along.

Archie Bradley is a guy you will want to follow and consider adding to your fantasy roster when and if he gets a MLB callup.


  1. Looking forward to Crick vs. Bradley...lots of walks and lots of strike outs.

    1. I honestly don't think Crick is going to be walking all that many when he comes up.

    2. Not many organizations help pitchers with their command like the Giants do. It's one of the biggest reasons that they develop power arms so well.