Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa announced on Friday that prospect Archie Bradley has earned the final spot in the club’s starting rotation. There was an opening in the rotation following Thursday’s trade of Trevor Cahill to the Braves.
Bradley, 22, was the Diamondbacks’ first round pick in the 2011 draft, going seventh overall. He enters the season rated as the 11th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, 15th by MLB.com, and 25th by Baseball America.
Bradley performed well in spring training, compiling a 1.61 ERA with a 14/6 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. He started the 2014 season in Triple-A for the first time but an elbow injury forced him onto the disabled list for nearly two months, after which he pitched for Double-A Mobile.