29 August 2011
Updates on four of the Diamondbacks' many outstanding pitching prospects, Archie Bradley, Charles Brewer, Andrew Chafin, and Anthony Meo. Bradley was the #7 overall pick in the June draft, and has been pitching at the club's complex in Arizona since signing a pro contract two weeks ago. Tonight, Bradley tweeted that there has been a change of plans, and that he is heading to Missoula to pitch for the D'Backs affiliate in the Pioneer League, the Missoula Osprey. The Osprey have ten regular season games left, and then will play in the Pioneer League playoffs, since they finished in 1st Place in the North Division during the season's first half. It's not clear if Bradley will pitch as a starter or in relief at this time, but it is worth noting that the Osprey only have three starters with an ERA below 4.00 - Taylor Siemens, Jesse Darrah, and Raymond Hernandez (David's younger brother). So the Osprey could certainly use another starting pitcher. At the same time, it is unlikely that Bradley will be ready to throw more than just a couple of innings in his first few appearances.
Meanwhile, it was also broken on Twitter that right-hander Charles Brewer will pitch in the Arizona Fall League later this year. Brewer has just returned from a broken hand, and has had three solid outings with the AA Mobile Bay Bears. Brewer has allowed just 2 ER in 13.2 IP, while striking out 16 and walking 10. Since Brewer missed so much time during the regular season, he's a natural choice to pitch in the AFL. The rest of the Diamondbacks' roster (usually 6 players) should be announced later this week.
2011 1st Round Supplemental Andrew Chafin (Kent State) made his pro debut on Sunday in the Arizona Summer League. Chafin pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one double and hitting one batter while striking out two. 2011 2nd Round pick Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina) made a successful pro debut in the Arizona Summer League on Monday night. Meo pitched 1 IP, allowing no baserunners while striking out two. Both Chafin and Meo are expected to join Archie Bradley in Missoula for the Osprey's final two weeks.