Archie Bradley. Do you remember him? He was the toast of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Minor League system earlier this year. The fact he started the season at Triple A Reno didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. However, toward the end of April, Bradley was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow. The injury put the 21-year old right-hander on the shelf for six weeks.
Bradley has returned and is now pitching for Double A Mobile. In five starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.78 ERA. Unfortunately, one big problem has yet to be ironed out. In 25 1/3 innings for the Bay Bears, Bradley has walked 14 batters. He has also struck out 19 while giving up 17 hits. Control was a big issue for him before the injury; in 24 1/3 innings with Reno, he issued 12 bases on balls. However, maybe the tide is turning. In his last outing, Bradley went seven innings, walking only one batter while giving up three hits and striking out ten.
There has been no timetable as to when Bradley will be promoted to either Reno or the D’backs. This last start was easily his best one during his rehab. Perhaps one more effective outing in Mobile will result in a boost up to Triple A. After that, let the speculation begin as to when he will make his Major League debut.