I haven’t had the opportunity to see Archie Bradley in person yet so I’m relying a lot on YouTube clips and word of mouth. Here is one clip that the Google machine brought up that shows his mechanics very well.
As an avid Diamondbacks fan, I’m excited to see what Bradley could bring to the table as soon as this spring. The Diamondbacks rotation, which could change in the coming days with the Winter Meetings tomorrow, looks like it will be Patrick Corbin, Brandon McCarthy, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill as the shoe-ins and there will be a battle between Tyler Skaggs (assuming he isn’t traded), Randall Delgado and Bradley.
When I look at this rotation, I see a lot of mediocrity and middle-of-the-rotation arms rather than a first-division player who could lead a pitching staff. With what scouts have said about Bradley, he could be the type of arm to do just that.
Now, onto the actual scouting of Bradley. I’ll start from the bottom and make my way to the top. His high leg kick is what sticks out first when you see him pitch. His lead knee comes up to his chest level (I’d say the typical pitcher raises his knee to his belly button) and his toe is pointed toward the sky when most pitchers are taught to let the foot relax at the top of balance.