"I am beginning to hit a groove now. Hopefully, I can finish strong and roll that into spring coaching."
-Archie Bradley on his All Star outting
"We made some tweaks with staying back and getting my front foot down," Bradley said. "I’ve just been throwing strikes since then. It’s still a work in progress, but I feel a lot more confident and a lot better with where I’m at."
"It's almost like he's thrown it his entire life. We're applying it a pretty great amount in the games. We're having ahead with guys on it and we're putting guys away with it."
- Diamondbacks catcher Peter O'Brien on Archie Bradley
Teams don't typically send their greatest pitching prospects to the fall league, but in Archie Bradley's case, he can use the innings immediately after missing almost two months with elbow troubles.
Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley started and got the win in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game. He went two innings, allowing a hit and a walk while recording a strikeout. More importantly, Bradley continued to throw a slider, a pitch he has recently added into his repertoire along with his fastball, curve, and change-up.
For Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley, pitching in the Arizona Fall League hasn't been so much about numbers or results, but about rediscovering a feeling he had somehow lost. He thinks he's finally found it.
In an interview last week, CEO Derrick Hall talked about the need for the Diamondbacks to "get creative" in trades as a way of freeing up salary to fill holes. It became clear Sunday that one way of being creative could be to deal catcher Miguel Montero.
"They've definitely put him out there," a source with a rival club said.
A member of the D’Backs front office told Rosenthal that the club is merely in "listening mode," but rival execs say the 31-year-old catcher is being shopped.
Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall has confirmed that a $90 million estimated payroll is "probably a number that makes a lot of sense right now."
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