Archie Bradley hasn’t had much big-league success in his time in the majors. He has a 7.84 ERA in two starts this season and has a 6.26 overall ERA in ten Major League starts over the last two seasons.
But don’t call him a bust just yet. He’s doing just fine in the minor leagues.
He’s 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA in seven starts in Triple-A Reno this season with 47 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. Batters are batting just .191 against him, as Bradley has a 1.08 WHIP. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week last week for a pair of wins, in which he allowed just two runs on eight hits in 15 innings.
This is an encouraging sign for Bradley, who had struggled throughout spring training and in the Major Leagues. The hope is that he will continue to develop, grow and make strides in Triple-A so that he can mature when he reaches the majors again. Based on these numbers, his next call-up could be permanent.
Bradley’s going to be pushing hard for a permanent call-up this season, and this could come sooner rather than later based on the way Bradley has been playing. He is even outperforming his career minor league ERA of 3.01.
The Diamondbacks took Bradley with the seventh overall pick in 2011. After the Shelby Miller trade that sent Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair to Atlanta, Bradley became Arizona’s top prospect.
Hopefully for the Diamondbacks and Bradley, this translates to the major leagues, and he doesn’t turn into the next Mike Hessman.