Legends On Deck’s Top 25 Prospects: No.’s 19-14
The countdown continues to our #1 prospect.
16. Archie Bradley, RHP
Bradley had an up and down season in 2014, which started with an April DL stint due to an elbow strain. Overall he made 18 starts and pitched 83 innings with most of that work coming at Double-A, with a handful of starts at Triple-A. In that time he registered a 4.45 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 49 walks.
The 7th overall pick in the 2011 draft has ace-like potential, starting with a double plus fastball that touches 98mph with significant arm-side run. He also has a hammer curveball that I’ve seen scouts grade at 70, featuring nasty bite and break. The right-hander recently added a cutter that may be a difference maker, both as a pitch and as a weapon that raises his stock as a prospect. The changeup is a solid pitch when he’s turning it over with consistency. Command issues continue to be a concern.
Outlook: Bradley has the ability to be a true ace, with three offerings that flash at plus or higher.
Risk: Medium. Stuff is unquestionable, but health concerns and command issues are worrisome and possibly related. Bounce back showing in fall league has helped ease those worries to a degree.