Locker Room: Archie Bradley
The former Broken Arrow pitcher looks forward to his major league debut.
Archie Bradley signed a $5 million baseball contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and has since received numerous awards, including the Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher.
Three years ago Archie Bradley was living every young boy’s dream, and that meant facing a difficult decision. Should he play quarterback for the University of Oklahoma or choose a multi-million dollar professional baseball career?
After being the seventh overall pick in the 2011 First Year Players Draft, Bradley, now 21, cast his lot with baseball and hasn’t looked back.
Advancing rapidly through the minor leagues in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, the former Broken Arrow Tiger was recently named the top right-handed pitching prospect in major league baseball by www.MLB.com.
At 6 feet 4 inches tall and 225 pounds, Bradley possesses the physical tools needed to succeed. He has command of three main pitches in his repertoire: a fastball (in the 93-98 mph range, occasionally 100 mph); a knuckle-curveball; and a circle change-up.
Bradley recently participated in a Twitter chat about his blast to the minor leagues.
What made you choose baseball over football? I felt like baseball was where my future was headed.
Do you still follow the Sooners? Yes, I attended most of their home games and saw their Sugar Bowl victory in New Orleans.
Did you have a favorite team growing up? The Texas Rangers was my favorite team.
Was it difficult being drafted by another team? No, it was not hard at all. I was just excited to get the chance to play pro ball.
Did you have a favorite major league pitcher as a youngster? Yes, Nolan Ryan.
What has been the biggest obstacle so far in professional ball? Just adapting to the minor league life. ... The travel and the schedule in the minor leagues is a grind.
What’s your No. 1 goal from a pitching standpoint? To get ahead of the batter, control the plate and let the hitter know I’m in charge.
What trait do you think you possess that will help make you a successful major league pitcher? The mindset that I hate to lose.
What has been your favorite moment so far in baseball? Playing in the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York City at last summer’s All-Star Game.
What is your personal goal to reach the major leagues? I don’t have a real goal on that. Just whenever it happens, I want to be ready and help the team.
If there were one thing you could pass on to Little Leaguers about becoming a professional ballplayer, what would it be? Never stop working. You can always try and do more.
Other Bradley baseball highlights
Led his Broken Arrow High School team to the 2011 Class 6A state championship with a 12-1 pitching record and 0.29 earned run average.
Pitched and won the state title game against Owasso by striking out 14 and allowing only two hits.
Committed to play football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma.
Signed baseball contract with Arizona Diamondbacks for $5 million spread over five years.
2011: Made his professional baseball debut with Missoula in the Pioneer League.
2012: Named to the Midwest League All-Star team.
2013: Named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week twice; named to the Southern League All-Star team; and honored as the Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher.