Archie Bradley‘s stint at Double A Mobile hasn’t been all that bad. He is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in ten games started. He has struck out 40 batters and has allowed 40 hits in 49 1/3 innings. While we know his walk total of 28 is not acceptable, there is one other thing that seems to hold back the top prospect of the Arizona Diamondbacks. During his time with the BayBears, Bradley has not been consistent from start to start.
Take the last four outings. On July 30th and August 10th, he pitched a total of 13 innings and walked only three hitters. However, on August 4th and August 16th, Bradley issued 8 free passes in 8 1/3 innings. In the latter two outings, he gave up only one earned run. Clearly, his inability to consistently find the strike zone is hindering his advancement. He does have the ability to go deep into games; two of his ten starts he has pitched seven full innings. In only one start has he been truly been knocked around; that came on July 25th. In other words, his permanent ascension to the Major League level can be summed up in three words: throw strikes consistently. That would be the advice for every prospect but it is even more pronounced for a guy like Bradley.
If you would like to see his season per start, click here. Bradley’s next start appears to be set for Friday night, August 22nd against the Huntsville Stars. Check back here to see if this outing can get him on back on the victory train.