2011 MLB Draft: Arizona Drafts Oklahoma Prep Archie Bradley

Arizona Diamondbacks: Archie Bradley (RHP, Broken Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Although this is an unprotected pick, the Diamondbacks look to make a big impact by choosing Oklahoma prep fireballer Achie Bradley. He is a quarterback recruit to the University of Oklahoma, which will enable Arizona to stretch his bonus out over several years. 

Bradley has a mid-90s fastball, a plus curve, a developing changeup, and terrific athleticism at 6-4, 215. His velocity may increase with time, making him a future number-one starter if all goes well. He has a long-standing friendly rivalry with fellow Oklahoma prep Dylan Bundy, and Bundy is about the only reason Bradley wasn't considered the best high-school arm available.

With Bauer and Bradley in the same draft, the Diamondbacks have acquired two young pitchers who could both be rotation anchors. It won't be cheap to sign both of them, but the upside here is tremendous, and the front office must be ecstatic.

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