It was the game we have been waiting for all Spring. Archie Bradley made his initial Spring Training outing tonight, 48 hours after his first scheduled one was rained out. The top prospect of the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the Colorado Rockies and it was far from their B team. The Rox sent out their probable Opening Day lineup with the exception of the pitcher’s spot. It was a debut that certainly lived up to the hype.
Bradley absolutely dominated the first inning. He struck out Drew Stubbs and Michael Cuddyer on six pitches and got Carlos Gonzalez to ground out to second base. If you are keeping track at home, the opening inning read like this: seven pitches, three outs, two strikeouts.
The second inning was a different story. Troy Tulowitzki led off with a walk and Wilin Rosario singled giving the Rockies runners on first and second with no outs. After fanning Nolan Arenado and getting Kyle Parker to ground out, Bradley walked DJ LeMahieu before striking out fellow pitcher Christian Friedrich to end the threat.
Unlike Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets and Jonathan Gray of the Rockies, fellow highly-rated pitching prospects who made their debuts today, Bradley pitched a third inning. He struck out Stubbs for a second time, again on three pitches. Cuddyer swung at the first pitch he saw and grounded out to short while CarGo struck out for another 1-2-3 inning for the big right-hander from Oklahoma.
The final line of the evening for Archie Bradley: 3 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts and one very impressive beginning.