Archie Bradley 1.0
Bradley the prospect really was tantalizing. So much so that the Diamondbacks had no problem taking him seventh overall in 2011 and secured his baseball future with a whopping $5MM signing bonus.
His fastball was especially potent, ranked as the best heater in the Diamondbacks system three years running from 2011-2013. He pretty well dominated the Midwest League as a 19-year-old, at least when he stayed out of his own way.
With 10.1 K/9 in 27 starts, Baseball America named Bradley’s heater the best in the Midwest League – his curveball took home top earners as well. Like many fireballers, however, he struggled with his command: 5.6 BB/9 with 12 hit batsman and 17 wild pitches in 137 innings.
Still, Bradley’s star was definitively on the rise, and he was as safe a bet to reach acedom as any prospect in the gaem. Of course, it’s rarely that simple.