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July 10, 2013 BY ALEX EISENBERG One Comment

Before this season, Arizona right hander Archie Bradley had always been overshadowed somewhat by fellow Oklahoman and 2011 draft alum Dylan Bundy. Not anymore.

While Bundy has spent the 2013 season on the sidelines, Bradley has been overpowering hitters as high as Double-A and is looking like he’s not too far away from being Major League ready.

Bradley has legit front of the rotation starter potential. He’s a big, physical pitcher with two outstanding pitches in his fastball and curveball. His change-up is a solid pitch as well, but lags behind the other two offerings. He misses bats, and keeps the ball on the ground. Bradley’s one bug-a-boo is his control. However, thus far in 2013, he’s made big strides on that front.

The particular start we’re looking at today — against Miami affiliate Jacksonville and prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick — doesn’t exactly showcase that improvement. Instead, you see the version who battles his control and the challenges he’ll have to overcome to become a more consistent strike thrower.

But lets start with the raw stuff. He pumps a…

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