Archie Bradley‘s starts are supposed to be comforting for fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The top-ranked prospect should be thriving at Triple A Reno on his way to the Major Leagues. Unfortunately, the last couple of outings have not been encouraging.
Bradley dropped to 1-3 on the season as the Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Aces by a score of 6-4. The second inning was the big right-hander’s undoing as the Grizzlies batted around, scoring three runs. A fielding error by Alfredo Marte on a base hit by Chris Dominguez started the frame and then control once again proved to be a demon. After allowing a run-scoring double to Tyler Colvin, Bradley proceeded to walk and then plunk the next two hitters, loading the bases. Gary Brown and Joe Panik singled home runs numbers two and three before Bradley struck out Juan Perez and Adam Duvall to end the inning. Those three runs were the only ones allowed by the Muskogee, OK native. His ERA is now 3.98.
Even more discouraging, Bradley lasted only four innings. He threw a total of 84 pitches and while he did manage to strike out eight batters, his wildness once again got him into trouble as evidenced by the walk and hit batsman. He has now walked eight in 20 1/3 innings and hit three batters over his last two starts. Bradley is clearly not ready ready for a promotion yet, even with the D’backs struggling so mightily in their rotation. If he needs to spend most of 2014 in Reno before being called up in September, so be it. Remember, he is only 21 years old. Better days are ahead.