In more of a set-up role for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021, Archie Bradley, 29, was 7-3 in 53 games for the club throwing 51 innings. He had two saves, 13 holds and three blown saves. He had 22 walks and 40 strikeouts.
If you remember, the bullpen allowed many, many walks in 2021. So, Bradley only have 22 walks for the whole season is refreshing to see.
Bradley has relies on a four-seam fastball, a sinker, curveball and change-up. The four-seamer averages 94 mph with an active spin of 95% and 14.7 inches of vertical drop. The sinker averages 93.9 mph with an active spin of 95% and 17.6 inches of vertical drop. The change-up average 85.5 mph with an active spin of 98% and 29.2 inches of vertical drop. The curveball averages 78.2 mph with an active spin of 78% and 56.1 inches of vertical drop.
That’s a pretty filthy arsenal. Having a reliable, veteran arm in the bullpen to join some of the younger arms would be good for the Cardinals. The club endured pitching issues all season and it would be great to have an option like Bradley in the fold.