Sunday, April 12, 2015

Archie Bradley Scouting Report MLB Debut (RHP, Diamondbacks, 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph)

Archie Bradley

Profile:

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 230 lb.
Twitter:  @ArchieBradley7
Draft: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round (7th) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Broken Arrow HS (Broken Arrow, OK).
Born: 8/10/1992

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Scouting Report:


Grades: Fastball: 65. Curve: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.
2014 Stats (Rk, AA, and AAA): 18 GS, 3-7, 4.45 ERA, 75 K, 83 IP
2015 MLB Debut (yesterday): Beat Kershaw - 6 IP - 1 H - 0 R - 6 K - 4 BB

Archie Bradley made his impressive MLB debut last night, outperforming a guy named Clayton Kershaw. Bradley relies mainly on his 93-95 mph fastball and 81-83 mph curveball.  His changeup is just a show me pitch right now.  Here is how he fared last night.

Bradley threw 112 pitches in 6 innings last night:

84 were four seamers that ranged from 93.2 - 95.1 mph - they moved on average -4.15" horizontally, and rose 9.29" vertically.  58% were thrown for strikes (49), 43% were swung at (36), and batters whiffed on 10 of them (11.9% Whiff Rate, 27.8% Whiffs/Swing).

25 of Bradley's pitches were curveballs that ranged from 81.2 - 83.2 mph (a dropoff of about 12 mph from his four seamer).  They moved on average 4.45" horizontally and dropped about 6.77" vertically.  For a frame of reference, his opponent Clayton Kershaw, who owns the best curve on baseball, had his curve breaking 11.74" vertically.  Bradley threw 15 of his 25 curveballs for strikes (60%), 8 were swung at (32%), and batters whiffed on 4 of them (16% Whiff Rate, 50% Whiffs Per Swing).

The other 3 pitches were a 91 mph fastball and 2 changeups.

Bradley was effectively wild.  Here is his strike zone plot.  Only 66 of his 112 pitches were strikes (leading to 4 BB in 6 IP), but he was pretty much unhittable.  He seemed to work best up and away and painted that corner nicely.  He left a few in the middle of the plate but he still allowed only one hit.

Archie Bradley MLB Debut Strikezone Plot
Archie Bradley MLB Debut Strikezone Plot

So, Bradley looks like the real deal, especially if he could cut down on those walks, which have always been a problem for him throughout the minors.  He has a career mark of a disturbing 4.9 BB / 9 IP.  The stuff is legit, but I'd also like to see him develop that changeup and 2 seam fastball.  But for now, until hitters have more video, he may be able to get by with a walk here and there, and 2 dominant pitches.



Archie Bradley 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph Refractor BGS 9.5 (10 Auto)
Archie Bradley 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph Refractor BGS 9.5 (10 Auto)

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