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All-State baseball player of the year: Broken Arrow's Archie Bradley turns attention to draft

BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Published: June 4, 2011
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/articleid/3574396/1/pictures/1435713">Photo - CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / STATE TOURNAMENT / BROKEN ARROW: BA winning pitcher Archie Bradley delivers a pitch during 6A baseball state finals action between BA and Owasso at ONEOK on May 14, 2011.  JOEY JOHNSON/ For the Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1105141501057491
CLASS 6A HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / STATE TOURNAMENT / BROKEN ARROW: BA winning pitcher Archie Bradley delivers a pitch during 6A baseball state finals action between BA and Owasso at ONEOK on May 14, 2011. JOEY JOHNSON/ For the Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1105141501057491

Bradley was 12-1 with a 0.29 ERA for the Class 6A state champions. His performance in the state title game gave him a slight edge over Owasso's Dylan Bundy.

Bundy was 11-0 with a 0.20 ERA and is considered to be the top high school arm in the draft.

The two are close friends. Bradley credits Bundy's father, Denver, along with his own father in straightening out some mechanical issues early in the season.

Broken Arrow catcher Dylan Delso has experience with both, having played on a team that included Bradley and Bundy since he was about 12.

“When we were 12 and 13 and people already knew him on a national basis,” Delso said of Bradley. “Me and Nick Pettus and Drew Stiner were also on those teams and we were good, but we knew Archie and Bundy were above.

“It's probably safe to say there will never be another two kids to come out of Oklahoma like that.”

Bradley hit 100 mph in the title game and has a strong power curve in his repertoire.

He also has plenty of confidence no matter the situation.

“Every time I take the mound, just the way I am and not to sound cocky or overconfident, I expect to throw a perfect game,” Bradley said. “That's the mentality I take into a game.”


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