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I’m going to quote the relevant info about Archie Bradley, but there’s a lot of good info at Prospect Scott’s Archie Bradley fantasy.  Specifically, about why they moved on from Trevor Bauer and it had nothing to do with Kevin Towers predilection of getting rid of Kraut pitchers.  “Goodbye, Max Scherzer, you have discussed lederhosen for the last time!”  Prospect Scott said this about Archie Bradley, “Standing 6-4, 225, Bradley is an intimidating presence on the mound, bringing his fastball in the mid-upper-90s and changing speeds with an outstanding power breaking ball.  The fastball-curve combo misses plenty of bats, as evidenced by the 20-year-old’s career 10.6 K/9.  The fastball, in particular, is an elite pitch, a plus-plus weapon that he delivers with ease on a difficult downward angle.  Judging by stuff alone, Bradley is one of the best arms in the minors, a top-5 guy.  Command and control troubles, however, have so far delayed his breakout.  In his first full season of pro ball in 2012, Bradley posted 3.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 136 IP in the Midwest League.  He allowed only 87 hits in those innings, but his 84 walks were awful, likewise were the 17 wild pitches.  Not as awful as any correspondence I’ve had with Grey.  Why does Grey end every email with ‘Love, peace and hair grease?’  What a tool.”  Hey, what’s the big idea?  Bradley’s ERA in Double-A last year was 1.97.  Hello, beautiful, what’s your name?  His K-rate was 8.68.  I like when you touch me there.  His walk rate was 4.31.  Oh.  Well, there’s always something.  So, what can we expect of Archie Bradley for 2014 fantasy baseball?

Archie reminds me of Taijuan, only rawer.  BTW, try to say rawer out loud and not sound like a lion.  Yeah, you can’t.  Is it me or does it seem the nastier a guy’s stuff is the less control they have over it?  It’s like if a hitter doesn’t know where a pitch is going, then the pitcher probably doesn’t either.  Another guy Bradley reminds me of is Max Scherzer.  It took Scherzer six years to figure out where his pitches were going.  Member all of those years I loved Scherzer and he was frustrating to own?  Because I love stuff and you just never know when the control is going to come.  Bradley’s control could come this year.  More than likely, it’ll come in another year or two.  He’s only 21 years old.  If he doesn’t figure out control until age 24, he’ll still have plenty of time to rack up Cy Young awards, but will be useless for fantasy for another three years.  So, I love him like his momma, but there’s no way I’m drafting him in mixed leagues.  Outside of dynasty leagues, he’s still too raw, even with his 1.97 ERA last year in Double-A.  Of course, if he gets called up in June, I’d take a flyer in mixed leagues when he’s called up, but we’ll cross that Verrazano Narrows when we wanna go smell Staten Island.  For 2014, I’ll give Bradley the line of 6-5/4.14/1.34/85 in 90 innings.

  1. Wake Up says:
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    I’m already getting excited to see the Archie Bradley vs Jackie Bradley, Jr matchup…they will probably find a way to squeeze in 5 walks in 4 ABs…and by excited, I mean that it will be more painful than the actual Bradley Method…

    Brad Lee started walking from Boston to Arizona last night…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then on the Jumbovision will come a Bradlees commercial with their old lady, Mrs. B.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: she’s wearing her new walking shoes she got there…and listening to “Walk” on her Walkman…
        “what did you say?!?”
        “are you talking to me?!?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as she’s not listening to The Proclaimers…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Giancarlo Stanton…

            (a note for the tables)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s exactly what I wrote on a thousand different Jenga pieces that are on each table…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: May your daquiri eternally rest on her crown…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hear ye, hear ye!

    • Carnac says:
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      Milton’s still on probation, so he’ll be watching the matchup Elvis-style: from home, 6 TVs, shotgun on his lap.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Carnac: haha

  2. J-FOH says:
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    when I say rawer out loud it sounds like a cross of sloth from the Goonies and Schwarzenager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Baby Ruth?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: but of course….frozen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But of course!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: confession time: Is marriage going to change Razzball?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t see why…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: they say marriage changes everything

                • fri-guy says:
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                  @J-FOH: no it’s love changes everything.

  3. willy says:
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    speaking of pitchers… what do you project Jameson Taillon becoming. How would he compare to Bradley and other stud prospect pitchers. Think he was drafted second overall after Bryce Harper so I’m intrigued just based on that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll have a post on Taillon in the coming days…

  4. Happy Hallowen & pre-nup congratulations to you Grey, and the lucky Mrs. Cougar Albright. May your first child be a masculine child. ‘Giancarlo’ Albright has to be the frontrunner. Sincere best wishes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Giancarlo Albright…hmm… That does have a nice ring to it!

  5. Chin Music says:
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    When I read “rawer” and say it in my head, all I can think of is Big Gay Al’s Animal Rescue.

    So, I have the #1 pick int he supplemental draft in my Yahoo keeper league. 125 plyers total get kept, usually the top 30 or so SPs all get kept. The top SPs who should be available in the draft are at about the Jon Lester level. Byron Buxton probably doesn’t get added to the game next spring, but Archie probably will, and is one of the better young SPs out there. Do you think Archie is a better keeper option than a Jon Lester type, or other young guys who will be probably available like, Taillon, Wheeler & Salazar? Taijuan Walker probably gets kept, guys like Cole and Shelby Miller will definitely get kept. I have Wacha rostered already, and I’ve pretty much convinced myself I’ll be keeping him (probably not keeping Wheeler or Salazar, though).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler’s better than Bradley or Lester types…

  6. Hondo says:
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    It’s not to late to run, Grey.I’ve got a roll out bed in the basement if you get cold feet and need a place to hide out.

    Think how much your bro’s and yourself could save on tuxedo rentals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The tux is already bought and the bros’ tuxes are already rented… Why weren’t you hatching schemes for me two months ago?

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey:

        My bad,I should have set you down and explained how this marriage stuff works.

        She’ll own half of Razzball in 5 years,you’ll fall into an alcoholic stupor and she’ll take over and tell us to draft Barry Bonds in 2019.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, at least the girl readers will go up to five…

  7. yessirree says:
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    Hi Grey, could you help me select my 10 keepers? No restrictions 16 teams H2H.

    Mark Trumbo(LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)
    David Wright(NYM – 3B)
    Xander Bogaerts(Bos – 3B,SS)
    Hunter Pence(SF – OF)
    Mike Trout(LAA – OF)
    Matt Kemp(LAD – OF)
    Andre Ethier(LAD – OF)
    Albert Pujols(LAA – 1B)

    Stephen Strasburg(Was – SP)
    Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
    Mike Leake(Cin – SP)
    Kenley Jansen(LAD – RP)
    Paco Rodríguez(LAD – RP)
    Kevin Gausman(Bal – SP,RP)
    Kyle Lohse(Mil – SP)
    Joe Kelly(StL – SP,RP)’

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)
      David Wright(NYM – 3B)
      Xander Bogaerts(Bos – 3B,SS)
      Hunter Pence(SF – OF)
      Mike Trout(LAA – OF)
      Matt Kemp(LAD – OF)

      Albert Pujols(LAA – 1B)

      Stephen Strasburg(Was – SP)
      Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
      Jansen

  8. No real reason for him to even pitch in the ML next year… yes the Dbacks need better SP but I don’t see that he’s ready, Skaggs should be in line first, and they aren’t going anywhere without some upgrades in the OF anyhow. If the Dbacks can somehow find a power bat or two that can actually play defense as well (no more Kubel-types tyvm) they could be dangerous…if their lineup looks like it did this year its another year of “Is Goldy up again yet?” so why bother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you keep talking like that, Towers might hear ya and trade him for 30 cents on the dollar…

  9. centerfield ballhawk says:
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    Grey,
    Thinking about starting my own league so I can play by my own damn rules. I’m also thinking about doing a slow draft (Monday to Friday, morning to night). Have you ever participated in this kind of draft? If you haven’t, any suggestions to keep in mind as I get the ball rolling?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make sure you start early enough in the year and give everyone at least 12 hours between picks…

  10. slew says:
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    With Chris Perez’s release from Cleveland, who/whom do you see taking the reigns – Allen, Shaw, or Pestano? Or are the Indians likely to look outside to free-agent’s such as Gregg, Jansen, or Veras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still too early to say, likely a free agent… If they go with someone in the organization, it should be Allen…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: LAD are letting jansen go? why?

  11. gareth says:
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    Happy Halloween grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too!

  12. gareth says:
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    Just saw the first costumed person of the night.

    A long haired, bearded crazy person with bloodshot eyes holding a sign the reads “escape goat” just walked past my house in Cleveland.

    Oh wait. That’s just chris perez leaving town. Never mind.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @gareth: that’s funny! you seem crushed…

  13. gareth says:
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    Mark ellis, chris perez, chris Capuano and jake westbrook all got released/option declined today.

    Any of these guys have value as cheap pickups for teams needing depth?

    • Grey

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      Perez can do something somewhere…

  14. SteveNZ says:
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    Enjoying the old-school names of some of these prospects. Looking forward to seeing a Ronald or a Sidney at some stage.

  15. Mike Schwab says:
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    Taijuan Walker or Bradley in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  16. NhatMTL says:
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    Nice article! Thanks for the insight.

    I have a question regarding Bradley, but 1st some context… 7 keepers + 1 Minors keeper in a 15 tm Dynasty League. I’m in rebuild mode (trying to get over having kept Doc Halladay, Dylan Bundy and Albert Pujols this year). I’ve narrowed it down to these 6 keepers:
    Joey Bats
    Pedroia
    Kinsler
    Cliff Lee
    Chris Sale
    Jedd Gyorko

    With these as my other choices for the final 2 spots (1 MLB/Minors +1 Minors).
    Jayson Werth (no thanks)
    Pujols (how many AB/yr will he muster?)
    Kendrys Morales
    Evan Gattis
    Jarrod Parker
    Oscar Taveras (M)
    George Springer (M)
    Archie Bradley (M)

    Leaning towards Springer and Taveras in 2014 to go after the $$$ in 2015+!

    Who woulkd you keep?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @NhatMTL: when reading any of these this late (i just read this just now, too) put posts under most recent post to get a response.

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