Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley has ranked among Baseball America’s top 25 prospects in four straight seasons, but he struggled in the minors last year and now general manager Dave Stewart says the former No. 7 overall pick “is not ready” for the majors.
Which isn’t the end of the world given that Bradley is still just 22 years old, but he’s bounced back from a rough 2014 to look better so far this spring and there was some thought that he might be in competition for a rotation spot.
However, the GM made it clear to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic that service time considerations are not a factor in Bradley’s timetable: Stewart simply doesn’t believe he’s ready to get big-league hitters out consistently. Also of note: Buchanan reports that Bradley’s once mid-90s fastball is now clocked most often at 92-93 miles per hour. So it might be time to re-adjust expectations for him in general.