Scouting Prospect #38: Archie Bradley

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #38 from that list, Archie Bradley.

Name: Archie Bradley
Position: Pitcher
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: AFLAC All-American

Physical Description

Given his physique it it comes as no surprise to anyone that Archie Bradley was also an accomplished football player as an amateur. He's strong, athletic, and physically mature. Projection is not something to consider here as his present velocity and strength are already outstanding.

Mechanics

Bradley uses his lower half expertly, and because of that his arm action and delivery as a whole appear mostly effortless. He comes straight over the top and finishes with outstanding extension toward the dish. His arm action is very clean and his head stays on line with home plate. Aside from getting on his front side occasionally, this is a young pitcher with highly consistent and clean mechanics.

Fastball

Bradley stacks up with anyone in the minors when it comes to pure arm strength. He sits steadily at 93-96 mph, reaching as high as 97-98 mph late last spring. He does it with relative ease as well. He's primarily a straight four-seam fastball pitcher, but he gets good life through the zone.

Curveball

The Oklahoma native is also the owner of a plus curveball, and this is a present grade. Thrown at 80-83 mph, Bradley spins a true 12-6 hammer and locates pretty well already. And, when he is locating he can approach being unhittable when he couples this offering with his exploding fastball. The break is late, abrupt, and very hard. He's located well in short stints, but if he can avoid falling in love with it this is a potential plus-plus pitch at the big league level.

Changeup

He hasn't had much need to use his changeup yet, but the makings of it are still in place. When he does use it, he works at 78-81 mph. He sells it well but shows a distinct lack of feel for it at this stage. With use, given his feel for his other pitches, that figures to change as he's forced to use it more at the professional level.

Summation

Total package is the best way to describe Archie Bradley. He has the velocity, the command, the body type, and the quiet swagger that goes along with being an ace. Take his knockout curveball into consideration, and there's very little not to like about this Oklahoma native.

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