Bradley using spring to refine cutter, changeup

March 8th, 2017
Archie Bradley went 8-9 with a 5.02 ERA in 26 starts last season. (AP)Chris Carlson/AP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander is trying to look at the big picture during Spring Training.

Despite being in competition for a spot in the starting rotation, Bradley has focused on the continued development of his changeup and has brought back a cut fastball he used a few years ago in the Arizona Fall League.

So while Bradley has a 17.47 ERA so far this spring, including six runs in 1 1/3 innings against the A's on Tuesday, he sees the positives.

"I was able to get work in," Bradley said. "The results -- the [high] pitch count, walking the first guy after getting ahead 1-2 -- is the stuff I want to get away from. Not OK with [Tuesday], but I feel like I know why it happened. I put myself in those situations -- missed a couple of pitches, had some bad luck, but trying to keep the overall picture of, it's Spring Training, I'm working on new pitches."

The cutter was an effective pitch for Bradley in 2014 when he pitched in the AFL, and he said he's not sure why he stopped throwing it.

"Adding the cutter for my mind is just another option, another weapon to where I'm not just having to throw heaters in there," Bradley said.

As for the changeup, that's a pitch Bradley still seeks consistency with ever since signing out of high school in 2011. He said he threw some really good ones on Tuesday.