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Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 MLB Draft Analysis: First-Round Pick Archie Bradley

Craig ChapmanCorrespondent IJune 10, 2011

Archie Bradley and Dylan Bundy, courtesy of MLB Network
Archie Bradley and Dylan Bundy, courtesy of MLB Network

The Diamondbacks got to have their cake and eat it too as they walked away with two pitchers in the first 10 picks of the 2011 MLB Draft.

Trevor Bauer from UCLA was picked third overall, and with the seventh overall pick, Arizona decided to go all out and draft another flame throwing right-hander. However, this starting pitcher is from high school. Archie Bradley, a right-handed pitcher from Broken Arrow, Okla. was added to what was already a successful draft roster.

At 6'4" and 230 pounds, Bradley is a big and tall pitcher. His fastball tops out at 96 miles per hour, and he complements it with two secondary pitches. His changeup is above average, but his jewel pitch is a power curve.

Mechanics are as polished as they get, projecting a nice fluid motion at a three-fourths angle giving him nice control. He began the 2010-2011 season on a rough note but changed to his delivery have solidified all of the great things scouts have said about him.

He finished this season with a record of 12-1 and an incredibly low earned run average of 0.29. His strikeout per nine innings ratio is 17.29, and he ended the season with 137 strikeouts. But don't stop being impressed now. He also led his teams in home runs and batted .395 on the year.

I would expect Bradley to command a $5-$6 million contract assuming they can sign him away from his commitment to the University of Oklahoma. He's a three-sport athlete and plans to join the Sooners as a quarterback.

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Will the Diamondbacks whisk him away from the crimson and cream? We'll find out soon enough.

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