Archie Bradley’s agent calls out Diamondbacks for not calling up Bradley
Kevin Towers has stated that he doesn’t want Archie Bradley to be thrown into a situation where he is viewed as the savior of the rotation. Given the D-backs starting rotation’s woes over the beginning of the season, there isn’t much doubt that Bradley, the Diamondbacks’ top prospect, would be viewed as a savior.
Apparently, Bradley’s agent Jay Franklin thinks that there’s a different reason why Towers hasn’t called Archie up to the big league roster.
“I think it’s very apparent what’s going on in Arizona,” he told Fox Sports on Monday. “Every ballplayer that is playing minor league baseball works his tail off to get an opportunity to play in the big leagues.
“Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues.”
Franklin appeared on 98.7 KTAR on Tuesday and explained his thoughts.
“I respect Kevin Towers for the job they do over there and Kirk Gibson and the whole staff, they’re good people and they are baseball guys, which I respect a lot,” Franklin said. “But at the same time, I think a guy like Archie Bradley warrants that opportunity.”
Bradley’s 1.50 ERA in two starts in Triple-A Reno this season definitely seems like it would warrant a call-up to the big league club. But Franklin thinks that those stats are irrelevant to the Diamondbacks, because he believes they are just delaying Bradley’s free agency.
“Nothing against Kevin Towers and nothing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but I feel that Archie Bradley being 21 years old, if he’s in the big leagues right now, obviously he could be arbitration eligible at the age of 24. He could very well be a Super 2 at this point, but if they wait later on in the season then Archie has to fulfill three more years of service time before he’s arbitration eligible.”
Franklin has a legitimate point. Should the Diamondbacks wait until 40 days after the beginning of the regular season, the team will gain an extra year of control over Bradley. Being the best pitching prospect in all of baseball and having the ability to be an ace from day one, an extra year of control seems like a much more valuable asset to have than to have than having Bradley pitch in a few starts at the beginning of a season that seems to be heading downwards fast.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Lead Columnist Dylan Veltkamp @DylanVeltkampSK