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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Right-hander Archie Bradley still brings his high-90s fastball to the ballpark, and by tempering other parts of his approach has taken his game to a new level in his second full season in the minor leagues.
The seventh player taken in the 2011 draft, Bradley is the D-backs' top minor league prospect and projects as a No. 1 starter in the majors. While on the fast track, it appears unlikely Bradley will make the jump to the majors this season, even with the D-backs' rotation scuffling, because he does not turn 21 until August.
"It's crazy what a difference a year can make, as far as my maturity level and just my understanding how to prepare for baseball on and off the field," Bradley said. "I feel like I've been able to slow the game down and been able to just compose myself. In those big situations, when I get behind in counts, I've been able to calm down and make quality pitches to get back into the at-bat and get out of it without walking guys or giving up a big inning."
Bradley is 8-3 with a 1.79 ERA at two levels this season, making five starts at Class A Visalia before being promoted to Double-A Mobile. He has 110 strikeouts in 95 innings, an average of 10.4 every nine innings. He has walked 39, about two fewer per nine innings than he did in his first full season at Class A South Bend in 2012.
"He has tremendous focus right now. He's a power pitcher. He is going to walk a few, but they don't put many balls in play. His command has been really good," D-backs director of player development Mike Bell said.
Bradley, who hit 100 mph in the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship game in 2011, hit 99 mph at Visalia and touched 98 in a recent start at Mobile. He has given up more than two earned runs in one of his 16 starts.
Bradley's progress was another of the reasons the D-backs felt comfortable trading top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Cleveland as part of the three-way trade that brought shortstop Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati last winter. Bauer was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 2-8
NEXT: Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy, 3-4, 5.36) at Mets (Dillon Gee, 6-7, 4.60)
--INF Willie Bloomquist (left hand contusion) was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, seven days after he was hit in the hand by a pitch during a game against the Nationals. The DL assignment is retroactive to June 27. Bloomquist appeared to be making progress earlier in the week, but the hand hadn't improved in the last couple days and manager Kirk Gibson said he didn't want to use Bloomquist as a pinch-runner and then have to place him on the disabled list and lose him for an additional two weeks. Bloomquist is hitting .292 with no homers and four RBI in 72 at-bats this season.
--OF Tony Campana was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to Wednesday's game against the Mets. Campana takes the roster spot of Willie Bloomquist, who went on the disabled list with a left hand contusion. Campana was immediately penciled into the lineup as the leadoff hitter and center fielder and went 0-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 win. This is Campana's first stint with the Diamondbacks, who acquired him from the Cubs in February. In 189 games for the Cubs the previous two seasons, Campana hit .262 with one homer, 11 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 59 attempts. He played in 71 games at Reno, for whom he hit .288 with one homer, 22 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts.
--OF Gerardo Parra (bruising on face and arms) sat out a second straight game Wednesday as he continued recovering from the injuries he suffered after he landed face-first on the warning track while trying to make a diving catch in Monday night's game. Parra swung in the batting cage before the game but still felt sore. He missed just one of the Diamondbacks' first 82 games and had played in 55 in a row prior to Tuesday night.
--1B Paul Goldschmidt didn't start Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 win over the Mets. It was just the third time this season Goldschmidt didn't start a game. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning and flew out. Goldschmidt has played in 83 of the Diamondbacks' first 84 games and 32 in a row since his lone full day off in the second game of a doubleheader on May 27. Goldschmidt entered Wednesday leading the National League with 69 RBI but is just 2-of-11 with five strikeouts in the first three games of the series against the Mets.
--RHP Randall Delgado earned his first win of the year and had one of the best starts of his career Wednesday, when he allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out a career-high nine over seven innings in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 victory over the Mets. It was only the fourth time in 28 starts that Delgado has thrown at least seven innings, as well as the fourth time he hasn't issued a walk. He has a 3.24 ERA in four starts since joining the Diamondbacks' rotation on June 18.
--RHP Heath Bell earned the save Wednesday night in his first opportunity since regaining the closer job. Bell allowed a two-out single in a scoreless ninth as he locked down his 15th save of the year in the Diamondbacks' 5-3 win over the Mets. Bell had 12 saves while J.J. Putz was on the disabled list from May 8 through June 29 but allowed a run in five straight appearances from June 10 through June 22 and lost the job upon Putz's return. After Putz blew the save in his first opportunity, manager Kirk Gibson said Bell would close while Putz built up arm strength in a lower-leverage role.
--RHP Ian Kennedy will look to bounce back from a tumultuous June when he takes the mound Thursday in the finale of a four-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. In five starts in June, Kennedy was 1-1 with a 6.83 ERA. He also served a 10-game suspension for throwing at the Dodgers' Zack Greinke during a brawl-filled game on June 11. Kennedy returned from suspension on Saturday, when he took the loss against the Braves after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings in an 11-5 defeat. While June was Kennedy's worst month of the season statistically, he has struggled all season and hasn't recorded an ERA under 4.50 in any month. If history is any indication, though, the Mets will provide Kennedy the opportunity to get on track. He is 4-0 with a 3.70 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's crazy what a difference a year can make, as far as my maturity level and just my understanding how to prepare for baseball on and off the field. I feel like I've been able to slow the game down and been able to just compose myself. In those big situations, when I get behind in counts, I've been able to calm down and make quality pitches to get back into the at-bat and get out of it without walking guys or giving up a big inning." -- RHP Archie Bradley.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - ROSTER REPORT
--INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (sore left hand) was struck by a pitch June 26, and he didn't play June 27-July 2. He was placed on the disabled list July 3.
--RHP Trevor Cahill (right hip contusion) was placed on the disabled list July 1, a day after giving up three home runs and six runs in 4 1/3 innings to Atlanta. He was struck in the hip by a line drive on June 19 and left that game in the second inning making his two scheduled starts before being disabled.
--OF Gerardo Parra (bruising on face and arms) sat out a second straight game July 3 as he continued recovering from the injuries he suffered after he landed face-first on the warning track while trying to make a diving catch July 1.
--RHP Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list retroactive to May 31. McCarthy cancelled a scheduled bullpen appearance Monday because of should fatigue and threw off flat ground Thursday. There is no timetable for his return. Unrelated to his elbow, McCarthy suffered a seizure on June 3 related to being hit in the head on a line drive last September. He was taken to a local hospital and put on anti-seizure medication before being cleared to resume his rehabilitation. He said the only residual effect was that the front half of his tongue is numb.
--CF Adam Eaton (left elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He appeared in 16 minor league games on a rehab assignment before being shut down again with discomfort in the elbow. A second opinion by specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that he will not require surgery. Eaton was 1-2 with a run scoring single and a sacrifice fly in the first game of a rehab assignment Wednesday in the Arizona (Rookie) League. He was 3-for-13 with seven walks as a DH after moving his rehab assignment to Class A Visalia while continuing on a throwing program.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He re-tore the UCL in his left elbow in his first minor league rehab start on June 10 and underwent a second season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June, his second surgery in 11 months.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (slight tear of left UCL) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10. A second opinion from specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that no surgery is required, but he is expected to miss two to three months.
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Randall Delgado
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP J.J. Putz
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
RHP Chaz Roe
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Aaron Hill
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Eric Chavez/Martin Prado
INF Cliff Pennington
LF Jason Kubel
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Tony Campana