2011 #7 overall draft pick Archie Bradley took the mound Friday night in Visalia, CA for his first outing in advanced-A ball and came away with no decision over 5 2/3 IP against San Jose. Bradley allowed 4 hits, 3 walks and hit 2 batters while striking out 9 in a 1-0 Visalia Rawhide victory.
The 20-year old right hander from Broken Arrow, OK showed the power of his fastball, hitting 96 mph on the gun, and also was effective with his curveball. Unofficially, Bradley threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Bradley had to deal with baserunners often, starting with a four-pitch walk to San Jose’s Chris Lofton to lead off the game. The Rawhide defense came through with a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end that threat and C Raywilly Gomez also threw out three would-be base stealers at second.
Overall, it was a succesful start for Bradley as he showcased the stuff that made him a first-round draft pick out of high school. He kept the San Jose Giants off the scoreboard and whiffed 9 batters, some in very big spots. The highlight of the night came when Bradley faced Angel Villalona with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 3rd inning. Bradley fell behind 3-0 to the dangerous Villalona, then blew three straight fastballs by him to get a swinging strikeout.