Despite the strong outing, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson remained noncommittal about Bradley's chances of making his MLB debut this season, per MLB.com.
"It's possible," Gibson said. "He's got to continue to throw the ball better and better and see what kind of opportunities are made available. You never know.
"He really hasn't thrown that many starts, and he's working on some things down there and he has to be more consistent at it. … When he does that, if there's a need up there, I'm sure he'll get consideration."
"He's getting his feet back under him," Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell said, per FOX Sports Arizona."The last outing, the breaking ball had some shape to it. He's starting to come along well."
Bradley yielded just one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings Sunday with two walks and three strikeouts. He has given up two runs in 12 2/3 innings over his last three outings, but his nine walks with four strikeouts during that stretch is a concern.
Considering the struggles of the Diamondbacks, he could land with the big league club in September if he makes progress, earns a promotion to Triple-A Reno, and performs well there.
"I felt good," he said. "The biggest thing is my health and how I felt mechanically. Those two things came out well. As I got past that first inning, and in the second and third, I felt like I started to come into where I normally am."
Diamondbacks minor-league director Mike Bell seemed pleased with Bradley's performance.
"He's starting to look like a complete pitcher out there," Bell said.
Bradley is expected to throw once more in a rookie-league setting before returning to a minor-league affiliate.
"As much as I hate being on the DL, I'm going to use it to my advantage the best I can," Bradley said. "I'm leaving here with a much-improved changeup and a two-seam (fastball). Those are two things I didn't have before."
Dave Duncan, who is a special assistant to the general manager and pitching consultant for the
"He's a prospect. He still has a lot to do to be a legitimate guy considered for the major-league rotation," Duncan said. "He has decent control of his fastball. At times he is above average in velocity. At times he is average in velocity."
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