Archie N. Bradley is a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitches for the Los Angeles Angels. He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies in the past.
Bradley attended Muskogee High School and Broken Arrow Senior High School, where he played baseball and football. He was selected All-State Player of the Year by The Oklahoman after pitching Broken Arrow to a state championship in his senior year.
Bradley was taken seventh overall in the 2011 MLB Draft out of high school by the Diamondbacks, and he began his professional career with the Class A South Bend Silver Hawks.
In 2013 and 2014, Bradley rose through the Diamondbacks’ farm system, but general manager Kevin Towers resisted a push from Bradley’s agent to send the pitcher to the major leagues early, arguing that it would put too much pressure on the young pitcher to be asked to help the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation.
Bradley’s first major league season was hampered by injuries, first a nasal fracture from a line drive, then shoulder inflammation, following a 2015 debut in which he outpitched reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.
In 2016, he returned to the starting rotation after working through the minors on rehab assignments. The Diamondbacks shifted Bradley to the bullpen the following season, despite a strong starting pitching staff.
He was the setup man until mid-2019 when he was promoted to closer for the squad.
Bradley was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh VanMeter and Stuart Fairchild just before the 2020 trade deadline.
At the end of the season, he was one of four Reds players who were released into free agency, and he signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Phillies in 2021.
Bradley was assigned to the setup position to begin the season, despite rumors that he would take over as the Phillies’ closer from Héctor Neris.
Is Archie Bradley Married?
Archie Bradley is married to Raegan Bradley. The two are said to have been dating for a long time before they got married this year.