Bradley has 'best offseason' in Arizona

D-backs prospect took Goldschmidt's advice, utilized team's facility

March 1st, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley was planning his offseason workout regimen, he decided to consult with someone outside the pitching ranks.

"Even though he's a different player, I figured why not ask Goldy?" Bradley said, referring to All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. "I remember asking Goldy the middle of the year, 'What do you do during the offseason? Where do you work out?'"

Goldschmidt told Bradley that he does all his work at the team's Salt River Fields Spring Training facility. That was good enough for Bradley, who called his parents in Oklahoma with a message.

"I'm coming home for Thanksgiving, I'm coming home for Christmas and that's it," Bradley told them.

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Bradley, ranked as the D-backs' No. 2 prospect by, had already bought a house in the Phoenix area, so he spent the offseason living there with Minor Leaguer Evan Marzilli. The pair cooked their own meals and worked out at Salt River Fields with the D-backs athletic training staff.

"It was awesome," Bradley said. "I could do everything here from lifting to recovery. If our trainers and strength staff are going to offer their time in the offseason, why not take advantage of it? Why not be around the guys that are going to be here throughout the season? It was the best offseason I've ever had."

Bradley, who is battling for the No. 5 spot in the Arizona rotation, also got to get in some work with new D-backs pitching coach Mike Butcher before Spring Training opened.

"After being in the big leagues last year, I realized I don't want to be anyplace else," Bradley said. "This is where I want to be. It was the best offseason I've ever had."