PHOENIX -- Both drafted out of high school by the D-backs, right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley and third baseman Matt Davidson have grown up in the club's farm system. On Wednesday, they each received an honor indicative of how far they've come since entering professional ball and how bright their forthcoming careers in the Majors could be.
Bradley and Davidson were selected to represent the D-backs as part of the U.S. Team in the upcoming Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on All-Star Sunday, July 14.
Drafted seventh overall in 2011, Bradley turned down a football scholarship at the University of Oklahoma to enter Arizona's organization fresh out of Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School and has been turning heads in the Minor Leagues since.
After pitching in just two Rookie League games in 2011, he spent his first full professional season last year in Class A ball, finishing 12-6 in 27 starts with a 3.84 ERA over 136 innings while striking out an astounding 152 batters.
So far in 2013, Bradley has picked up right where he left off, punching out 43 in 28 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Visalia before being promoted to Double-A Mobile on May 2. The 20-year-old boasted a 1.50 ERA in his first nine starts for Mobile, but struggled a bit his last time out, surrendering six runs on seven hits over five innings to the Mariners' Double-A affiliate.
Still, in 15 combined starts to date this year, Bradley is 7-3 with a 1.95 ERA and 103 strikeouts over 87 2/3 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .212 off him. For his efforts, Bradley was named his organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Month in both April and May. He is the D-backs' No. 2 prospect and the No. 23 prospect overall, according to MLB.com
As for Davidson, he entered Arizona's farm system back in 2009 after being taken 35th overall in the first round out of Yucaipa (Calif.) High School. Ranked as the D-backs' No. 3 prospect, Davidson has been promoted to the next affiliate in each of his five professional seasons.
Last season, the third baseman hit .261 with 28 doubles, 23 homers and 76 RBIs for Mobile. In 72 games for Triple-A Reno in 2013, Davidson has taken a step forward in his development, batting .299 with 33 extra-base hits.
The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 11 a.m. MST on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Also, for the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 8:59 p.m.
Alfredo Marte and Tyler Skaggs both participated in the Futures Game last season and have since made their Major League debuts. Marte went 0-for-3 in the exhibition while Skaggs tossed a clean inning out of the bullpen, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less