Archie Bradley is the future of the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ starting rotation. He has the stuff to be an elite MLB pitcher and will be up for good in the majors soon. However, while the day is not far away for Diamondbacks fans to marvel at the next big thing to follow Patrick Corbin in Arizona, Bradley has shown as of late that he is not yet ready for the big time.
In his past two starts, Bradley has looked shaky at best, allowing seven runs on eleven hits in just 5.2 innings. He has shown the ability to strikeout hitters but has also allowed nine walks in just 12 innings pitched which is a red flag for any young pitcher. Clearly the walks show that Bradley must work on his control and learn how to pitch at the big league level before being brought up for good.
At this point, the Diamondbacks have two capable starters in Randall Delgado and Josh Collmenter who can fill in during Corbin’s absence with a tear in his UCL that will presumably force him to miss this year. Delgado and Collmenter have more big league experience than Bradley, and the worst thing a big league team can do is rush a prospect up to the majors before he is ready.
The worst case scenario for Bradley is to have him get shelled in the majors, and then have to send him back down to the minors, thereby destroying his confidence and potentially his career.
As tempting as it might be for both the fans and the organization to push him to make the big leagues out of Spring Training, doing so could be disastrous for his long-term development. Taking their time with Bradley will hopefully allow Bradley and Corbin to become a formidable 1-2 punch in the D-Backs’ rotation for years to come.