TULSA — Moments after finishing off a 14-strikeout, two-hit performance in the Class 6A state championship game, Broken Arrow right-hander Archie Bradley turned his attention forward about three weeks.
After a year that included committing to OU in football and baseball and rising up draft boards to become one of the top two high school pitchers in the nation in scout's eyes, the draft was the next thing in Bradley's sights.
“A lot of the focus shifts there now because that's ultimately what I'm going to base my decision on,” Bradley said. “Hopefully soon I'll have an answer for people, or at least a more clarified answer.”
Bradley is expected to be picked early in the first round when the Major League Baseball first-year player draft begins Monday night. He's also The Oklahoman's All-State Player of the Year.
He fully understands that his life is charmed.
He'll have the chance to sign for a gaudy signing bonus and start his professional baseball career or play quarterback for the Sooners.
“It's been an amazing year,” Bradley said. “People talk about their senior year being fun and laid back, and people think about the draft, and being recruited in football kind of gets in the way of that, but it's been part of the journey for me.
“I enjoy every minute of it and consider myself humbled and blessed to have the talent to be in the position I'm in.”
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.”