Between the stockpile of pitching prospects Archie Bradley’s Diamondbacks organization has above him in Double-A and the exploits of Dylan Bundy, a fellow 2011 first-rounder from the high school ranks, Bradley can almost get lost in the shuffle at times. Almost. The 19-year-old righthander served noticed of just how dominant he can be in own right once again on Monday night.
Making his third start of 2012 with low Class A South Bend on Monday, Bradley reeled off five no-hit innings against Lansing (Blue Jays). He struck out eight and didn’t allow a ball to be hit out of the infield, as when the Lugnuts did make contact, all they could do was beat it into the ground. Outside of the eight strikeouts, the other seven outs Bradley recorded were all on groundouts. The only blemishes on Bradley’s evening were two walks and a hit batter, along with his making a fielding error in the fourth on what would’ve been another groundout—he made up for it by striking out the next hitter to end the inning.
With a power fastball able to reach triple-digits and a knockout curveball, Bradley has the stuff to overwhelm low Class A batters, and that’s what he’s done so far, striking out 22 in 16 innings over three starts. He’s also permitted just two earned runs on six hits, holding batters to a .113 average.