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Arizona Diamondbacks: First-Round Draft Pick Archie Bradley Shines in Debut

Jordan Ball@jball_13Correspondent IApril 7, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 18:  Archie Bradley, the Arizona Diamondbacks' first pick in this year's draft, poses for a photo with Joe Garagiola Sr. during batting practice prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Chase Field on June 18, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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As if the Diamondbacks pitching wasn't good enough as it is, it seems they have an even brighter future ahead of them. 

On Thursday night in the Low-A baseball season opener for the South Bend Silver Hawks, the No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft, Archie Bradley, lived up to expectations. 

Though taking the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Bradley stood out in his five innings pitched. He probably could have gone a few innings longer with the way he had the batters guessing up there, but his pitch count got high quick due to his amount of strikeouts. With this being his first start, the manager planned on playing it safe and getting him out fast to begin with. 

Bradley's final line was 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks and 1 BB. That brings him to 0-1 on the season with a 1.80 ERA. 

It was a tough break for him seeing that his team couldn't put a run on the board in support, but as a minor-league player, that's not what the big-league scouts are concerned about.

What they are looking for is speed, command and being able to control a game; and that's just what they saw from Bradley in what seems to be the start of a very long and productive career for this 19-year-old stud. 

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