19. Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
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Bradley pitched only two innings in his pro debut with Rookie-level Missoula in 2011 after being taken seventh overall by the Diamondbacks. He posted a 3.84 ERA and went 12-6 last year with Single-A South Bend of the Midwest League in 136 innings (27 starts). The Oklahoma native fanned 152 batters while walking 84 for a WHIP of 1.26.
The first thing you notice about this 20-year-old is his physically mature body at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Naturally, that makes it easier for him to generate mid- to high-90s heaters, and he has touched triple digits on occasion. His fastball is probably very close to major league-ready, and he sports a rather nasty curveball as well. His propensity to miss bats gives him the potential to be a No. 1 starter at the next level, but he'll have to work on his 5.59 BB/9 on the farm.
Although Bradley may be one of the top pitching prospects toiling in the minors, he's easily lost in the shuffle among other big names that have risen through the ranks at a torrid pace. Even on his own team, he's been overshadowed by the likes of Tyler Skaggs and, previously, Trevor Bauer. Bradley could easily be fighting for a rotation spot in the desert in spring training next season, and he may present those in keeper leagues with a tremendous value opportunity.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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