Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, and Taijuan Walker appear to be the locks, while Patrick Corbin and Shelby Miller may be ahead of Bradley for now in the battle for the No. 4 and No. 5 starter spots. Bradley reported to the team's spring training complex in early January in an effort to get a head-start on the competition for one of the available spots. Bradley has spent extra time working on his mechanics this offseason with the hope of developing more consistency in his delivery, and subsequently, more command of his fastball. As evidenced by his 143 strikeouts in 141.2 innings last season, Bradley has good stuff, but he's still trying to put all of the pieces together as a successful big league starter as he's posted a 5.18 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through 34 career starts with Arizona.
Bradley was hit hard on Monday against the Nationals, allowing four runs in 3.2 innings in a no-decision. He gave up six hits, walked four, and struck out five.
Bradley is limping to the finish line in 2016, recording just one quality start in his last four tries. The 24-year-old has a bloated 5.15 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his first full season in the majors. He'll try to end 2016 on a high note when he faces the Padres Saturday.
Bradley (7-9) beat the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
That strikeout total is nice, but Bradley only barely met the minimum standard for a quality start, and 11 baserunners plus a wild pitch over six innings doesn't exactly scream "quality." The No. 7 overall pick from the 2011 draft has yet to settle in with the Diamondbacks, as his ERA's up to 5.07. That said, at 24 years old, Bradley still has time to improve his control and harness his great raw stuff.
Bradley (6-9) lasted only three innings after yielding five runs on eight hits and three walks in Saturday's loss to the Giants. He struck out three.
Bradley started September strong with two consecutive quality starts -- including his last one at Coors field -- but this was an ugly outing marked by runs allowed on a hit by opposing pitcher Johnny Cueto and a wild pitch. This was the fifth time this season that Bradley has given up at least five runs in a start, occurring once every month except for one. The young righty offers a solid strikeout rate (8.46 K/9) - despite a below-average swinging strike rate -- and maintains his ERA (4.85) mostly by inducing a lot of ground balls, but a lack of control continues to plague him. Although opponents have made only average contact against him this year, you can't blame his hitter-friendly home field for walking too many batters. In his first full year in the majors, the 24-year-old will need to improve his control to come closer to the potential many forecasted for him as a top prospect. His next matchup is another tough one at home against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Bradley was tasked with containing a potent offense in the unfriendliest of pitching environments, but he was able to contain the opposition by inducing six groundball outs and drawing 13 swinging strikes. The right-hander has now thrown back-to-back quality starts after failing to do so in his previous five attempts, and he will take a 4.85 ERA into Saturday's matchup against the Giants.
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