Agent Says D’Backs Should Promote Archie Bradley

Top prospect Archie Bradley should be promoted to the big league club, his agent Jay Franklin tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Arizona GM Kevin Towers denied that the 21-year-old was being held down over service-time considerations.

"I think it's very apparent what is going on in Arizona," said Franklin. "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."

Of course, it is well accepted by observers that teams do (and should) consider MLB service time in determining when to promote top prospects. Here at MLBTR, we just broke down the timing issues for some of the best prospects around the league who could be brought to the bigs this year.

For Bradley, who is for some the top-rated pitching prospect who has yet to see MLB action, an appearance on the big league roster before the end of the month would cost Arizona the opportunity to control him for an additional season. Likewise, avoiding Super Two status (and with it an additional year of arbitration eligiblity) would require the club to hold Bradley out until some time between mid-May and early June, depending upon how this year's league-wide promotions shake out. The benefits to the team of adding control and lowering cost, of course, can come with a countervailing effect on the player (assuming, at least, that there would be no harm to the player's development — a highly subjective consideration).

For multiple reasons, clubs are loath to say that their determinations are based upon such considerations. For a Diamondbacks team that has had injury and performance issues in its rotation in the season's early going, there has been widespread speculation as to whether the team would call up Bradley. 

But Towers said that he has legitimate baseball reasons not to go to the hyped young righty at this point. He cited two primary considerations in an interview with Rosenthal: the desire to avoid undue pressure in the middle of a tough start for the team, and the fact that Bradley struggled toward the end of the spring. "If it gets to the point where we straighten this thing out and it's a more positive environment here and he's throwing the ball well," said Towers, "we'll do it regardless of the clock."

On the whole, it seems quite unlikely that Franklin has an actionable complaint (or that he has any such intention). It is, after all, quite common for outstanding young players to experience just this situation. But for a player who many expect to turn into a top-line starter, this early relationship issue — Rosenthal describes it as a "spar" between agent and GM — will certainly be worth watching as time goes on.


33 Responses to Agent Says D’Backs Should Promote Archie Bradley Leave a Reply

  1. LazerTown 1 year ago

    I do not think the D’Backs are in the wrong at all. The guy has 12 innings total in AAA. Maybe he is ready, maybe he isn’t. His agent though has no right to be going around saying that D’backs aren’t letting his client come up. Good chance they keeping his service time in mind, but to me at least it’s not like they are abusing the system. Someone dominating in AAA for a year is one thing, but when it has been 2 starts in the new level just forget about it.

    • godzillacub 1 year ago

      By definition, the agent’s sole responsibility is to look out for the player. The issue of looking at service time as predicate of the call-up is pitting the organization’s needs (service time, $) against the player’s (service time, $). So, therefore, this is the EXACT time an agent should speak up as the player’s needs are being subsumed by the organization.

      If “the player is still in development” is off the table, then it is literally the agent’s job to speak up as his player is getting robbed of money to save the owner’s some cash.

      • NickinIthaca 1 year ago

        The problem is that if the pitching staff wasn’t throwing as poorly as it is, there is no questioning Bradley being in the minors. But because the team has an era around 6 and WHIP of 1.5, Bradley’s agent can pipe up.

  2. Eyeroll 1 year ago

    I dont think its any secret that the DBacks are being mismanaged by the front office. Towers is in over his head. Its a shame, the have some good players to build around

    • kungfucampby 1 year ago

      And he keeps trading them for spare parts.

    • letsgogiants 1 year ago

      I do agree with this statement. However I think its unfair to post this in a thread where the D-Backs are doing nothing wrong in regards to this situation. He has just 2 starts in AAA and he has had some control problems throughout the minor leagues. Plus, pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL will really help Bradley get ready to pitch in Chase Field and the majors.

  3. teddy 1 year ago

    i would hope his agent wouldn’t say to leave him in the minors…

  4. Joey Doughnuts 1 year ago

    Every agent thinks his player needs to be in the big leagues as soon as possible. It’s bad for business to think otherwise, so really, it’s of no value what Mr. Franklin thinks.

    That being said, it would be a Total Kevin Towers Move (TKTM) to either trade Bradley for someone like Nick Franklin (ARI could never have enough middle IF’ers), or package Bradley and Goldschmidt for someone like David Price for no good reason.

    • kungfucampby 1 year ago

      Kevin Towers has realized trading for 3 shortstops when you already have a young prospect in Chris Owings was a mistake. So he’s going to remedy it by getting “Catching Depth.”

      Look for him to ship Bradley off for Zunino and Jesus Montero.

      • Mario Saavedra 1 year ago

        Didi Gregorius for Nick Hundley. Make it happen Byrnes.

  5. Wee McGee 1 year ago

    Gibson is in hot water.

  6. sourbob 1 year ago

    The problem with the idea that the D -Backs only kept Bradley down is his final two spring starts: a Cactus League game and an exhibition vs. Team Australia. The D-Backs indicated they’d see if he could force his way onto the big club.

    In his 3/13 Cactus Lg start, he gave up 4 ER on 5 H in 2 IP. In the 3/21 exhibition, he gave up 3 R in 3 2/3 IP, with 6 H (inc 1 HR) and 3 BB.

    They gave him a chance at the end of spring; he blew it. He was nervous. He’ll be back. But saying he was sent down to stop his arb clock is unfair. He earned that demotion by stinking it up when faced with better competition at the end of spring.

  7. agureghian 1 year ago

    What a bush-league thing to say.

  8. Nathan Boley 1 year ago

    I should be promoted too. We all should. Good job everyone!

  9. jb226 1 year ago

    I get that playing the arbitration clock game is part of the business, but it still bothers me. I hope the next CBA can find a way to get rid of those service time considerations.

    • Derpy 1 year ago

      I very much dislike the way service time works, more than most, but in the case of the DBacks, I agree with them. There are very good reasons to avoid calling up Bradley right now.

  10. James Attwood 1 year ago

    Bradley is not ready yet to pitch at the MLB level. Sure, the Diamondbacks need pitching help. But why promote Bradley now when it won’t help the team enough to make a difference? Bradley still has some very serious control issues. Let him get those worked out and then maybe the Diamondbacks do promote him – in June.

  11. UK Tiger 1 year ago

    Agent in trying to promote his client shocker.

  12. “Archie Bradley should be promoted” says the guy who stands to earn a crapload of money upon Archie Bradley’s promotion. Awesome story.

  13. FamousGrouse 1 year ago

    He needs to develop more “Grit”

  14. Derpy 1 year ago

    The DBacks have bigger issues than SP. The team looks flat, and they are pressing. You don’t want to call up a kid into that situation. One pitcher wouldn’t be enough to sway this tema anyhow. The entire roster needs to fight through their problems and get this under control before you start talking about starting the clock on a guy like Bradley.

    • AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

      An MLB worse starting pitching ERA definitely means the Dbacks biggest issue is their starting pitching

  15. bigmike04 1 year ago

    it so funny that people are saying diamondbacks need to do this, do that,, yet same people where saying same thing about Dodgers last year when, they were calling for heads on a platter & they still made the playoff….. Still early in the season, plenty of games left for Dbacks to turn it around….
    I do think the agent has right to speak that, he wants his client up in the majors but, I don’t think Dbacks are going to promote a player that isn’t ready for the majors..

    • GRINGOMHT 1 year ago

      One thing is the Dodgers with a line up, rotation and pen full of allstar talent vs the D-backs with a few talented players with no real depth except Chavez and a rotation even before Corbin’s injury could never win the west. I’m a D-back fan but we have to be realistic D-backs will be lucky to finish 4th

    • Look at the rotation the Dodgers have, look at the one LA has. No Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu in AZ.

      Much deeper lineup too, the only person the Dbacks have that Pitchers would fear is Goldy. Yes, Trumbo has power but he has an OBP under .300, the Dingers don’t cover up the rest of the flaws he has.

  16. Jeffy25 1 year ago

    It’s not like Bradley dominated AAA last year or something.

    Yes, he is probably ready. But waiting for him to be called up is acceptable.

    • UK Tiger 1 year ago

      He didnt pitch in AAA at all last year, he did however do very well at AA…

  17. Pam Russell 1 year ago

    I’m tired of this Super 2 status crap holding back prospects. They need to revise the system in place so the fans can get the best product possible.

  18. letsgogiants 1 year ago

    I still can’t believe the Marlins were just 1 start away from delaying Jose Fernandez’s clock a year.

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