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Bradley tapped as top Southern pitcher09/04/2013 10:14 AM ET
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Mobile BayBears right-hander Archie Bradley has been named its Most Outstanding Pitcher as voted upon by the league's field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.
Bradley is a native of Muskogee, Okla., who attended Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was both a starting pitcher for the school's varsity baseball team and a starting quarterback for the varsity football team. The Arizona hopeful was rated by MLB.com as the No. 20 Prospect in 2012 and No. 24 Prospect in 2013.
Despite his multi-sport talents, and a chance to play both baseball and football at the University of Oklahoma, Bradley decided to start a professional career right away when he was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft right out of high school. After posting a 12-6 record with 152 strikeouts in 136 innings in South Bend in 2012, Bradley began 2013 at Class A Advanced Visalia and notched 43 strikeouts in 28 innings with a 1.26 ERA before promotion to Mobile on May 1.
Since joining the ranks of the Southern League, Bradley continued what he started in Visalia by maintaining a low 1.97 ERA (2nd in the league) and boasting the league-leading win-loss record of 12-5. He has struck out 119 batters in 123 1/3 innings. Bradley was honored as Pitcher of the Week three times this season. The first was April 4-14 with Visalia, then the week of May 13-19 with Mobile, and the third for the week of July 29-Aug. 5 after he threw his first complete nine-inning game on Aug. 2. Bradley was also chosen as a starting pitcher for the 2013 Southern League South Division All-Star Team.