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Bradley won't pitch in Majors in '13
D-backs prospect will compete for starting job next spring
09/20/2013 11:08 PM ET
Archie Bradley led the Southern League with 12 wins, despite arriving in May.
Archie Bradley led the Southern League with 12 wins, despite arriving in May. (Cliff Welch/MiLB.com)

Nobody could have asked Archie Bradley for a better 2013 season.

The 21-year-old right-hander went 14-5 with a 1.84 ERA across two levels. He struck out 162 batters over 152 innings while limiting opponents to a .215 batting average.

Still, the Arizona Diamondbacks would like to see their top prospect develop a bit more before they drop him into big league waters.

"I think he still, based on what I saw and our scouts, he needs to use his secondary pitches a little bit more," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers told MLB.com. "Really refine the curveball and the changeup."

A 2013 debut for Bradley also would create a logistical challenge for the club. The seventh overall pick in the 2011 Draft is not eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. However, if he made a start in the Major Leagues, the D-backs would have to protect him by keeping him on the 40-man roster during the offseason.

"To add him to the roster in the winter when roster spots are very valuable to us -- and the team being pretty much out of contention -- didn't make a lot of sense," Towers said.

Bradley was named the Topps Player of the Month for August, and his pitching was a key factor in Double-A Mobile's charge to the Southern League Championship Series.

Towers did indicate that the Oklahoma native would get a non-roster invitation to big league camp in Spring Training and the opportunity to compete for a spot in the D-backs' 2014 starting rotation.

"I think he deserves it," Towers said.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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