Archie Bradley

#25 RP / Arizona Diamondbacks / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 lb Age: 25 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Bradley was tagged for two runs on back-to-back home runs and gave up three hits in total while covering 1.1 innings and gathering a hold Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies in the National League wild-card game. After retiring the Rockies' final batter of the seventh inning, Bradley stayed in the contest to make a rare pinch-hitting appearance, and was able to come through with a critical, two-out, two-run triple to give the Snakes some breathing room. He would go on to give back both runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but was ultimately able to escape the frame with the Diamondbacks clinging to a lead. Despite his shaky outing, Bradley is still regarded as manager Torey Lovullo's go-to relief ace, so expect the 25-year-old to routinely cover multiple innings in high-leverage spots when needed throughout the Diamondbacks' postseason run.

    • Bradley pitched the eighth inning and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out a batter in the Diamondbacks' 13-11 win over the Marlins on Friday. Though Bradley yielded more than one run in an appearance for just the second time all season, he was still able to come away with his team-leading 25th hold after exiting while the Diamondbacks maintained a 12-11 lead. Despite only having one save to his name this season, Bradley has made for an excellent roster option in deeper 5x5 mixed leagues throughout the season thanks to a 1.41 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 76:18 K:BB over 70 innings.

    • Bradley struck out the side Sunday to register his first career save in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory over the Padres. The wrapup comes at the expense of Fernando Rodney, but according to manager Torey Lovullo, it was merely a day off for Rodney, not a signal for change, Jack Magruder of reports. Many probably would like to see this switch, though. Despite a recent 15-for-15 save conversion run, Rodney blew one Saturday to break that, and his 4.68 ERA looks less enticing than Bradley's 1.25. Both strike out plenty of batters, but Rodney (4.5 BB/9) loses the control battle to Bradley (2.5). However, Arizona likely prefers Bradley to continue setting up Rodney because the former starter could do well to serve in the "Andrew Miller" role to eat up more than one frame before Rodney enters the game in a favorable situation. Still, Bradley remains worth owning in many leagues even without the closer role, and he's still a good speculation should Rodney continue to falter.

    • Bradley notched his 17th hold of the season in Friday's 4-3 win over the Giants. He struck out two batters and worked around a base hit during a scoreless eighth inning. With the Diamondbacks playing in a number of tight contests of late, Bradley has been called upon regularly in high-leverage spots and has continued to deliver for the most part. He's notched three holds in his last five appearances while tossing six scoreless innings and striking out seven.

    • Bradley tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Cubs, allowing no hits and one walk and striking out one. The 25-year-old has turned in eight consecutive scoreless appearances, dropping his season ERA to a bullpen-leading 1.36. Bradley has supplemented the ERA with a 0.92 WHIP and 58:11 K:BB over 53 innings, which has made him an asset in deeper mixed leagues, despite the fact that he hasn't been in the mix for saves at the back end of the Arizona bullpen.

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