When the Arizona Diamondbacks landed free agent Bronson Arroyo this week, it significantly improved the middle of their rotation. While Arroyo is not spectacular, he is durable and useful, especially given the boost he will likely see pitching in the NL West.
His arrival stands to impact some of the young starting pitchers in Arizona’s organization as well, in particular their top prospect Archie Bradley. Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com writes the following:
Arroyo’s signing figures to bump right-hander Randall Delgado out of the rotation, and also makes it unlikely that top prospect Archie Bradley will break camp on the big league roster.
With that many options, the Diamondbacks can afford to take their time with their top prospects.
Why is Bradley so significant? This year’s edition of Baseball Prospectus describes him as the “heavenliest pitching prospect” to hit the majors since Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller, and Jose Fernandez. Consider the pressure placed on Bradley to have the immediate success of those pitchers. Harvey started the All-Star game and Fernandez won Rookie of the Year, just to start listing their accolades.
Bradley will face immense expectations immediately upon arrival, so the Diamondbacks very well might be wise to buy a little more time for him to develop before that happens.