Another move has been made by the Arizona Diamondbacks to solidify their 2014 Opening Day roster. The team sent right-hander Archie Bradley, their top prospect, to the Triple A Reno Aces to further his development. The move most likely means that Randall Delgado will be the club’s fifth starter although manager Kirk Gibson has stated Bo Schultz and Josh Collmenter are still in the mix according to Jack Magruder at foxsportsarizona.com. Bradley, who has never pitched above Double A, took the news in stride:
“I think I can compete (in the majors) now. That’s just the way I am”. But at the same time, when I look at what I did this spring, there are still some things I need to polish out and get better at. I think that is what this is all about. Go down there and prove to them that I can do that, and everything will work out.”
The seventh pick in the 2011 Draft had an up and down Spring Training. His first two starts were dynamite as Bradley threw six and third innings allowing no runs on only three hits with eight strikeouts. His other two outings were brutal, which included a defeat at the hands of the Team Australia. The one thing Bradley needs to work on is his control. He walked two or more batters in each of his four Spring games, a total of 10 in 12 innings. Despite the setback, we may see Bradley in Arizona sooner rather than later. Trevor Cahill has had a bad 2014 so far, when you count his his Spring Training and there is always a question mark concerning the health of Brandon McCarthy.
Also today, the D’backs were swept in their split squad games losing 9-1 to the Cincinnati Reds and 3-2 to the Cleveland Indians. No more action at Salt River Fields as the next two games are at Chase Field against the Chicago Cubs. Then it’s back to real baseball!