D-Backs sensation makes bid for spot in rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Archie Bradley took the mound in his first major league bullpen spring training session, with many eyes and more than a few camera lenses focused in on him.

The hard-throwing 21-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and might-have-been Oklahoma Sooner quarterback is making a bid for a spot in the season-opening rotation.

Even if that doesn’t happen, it’s only a matter of time before Bradley is with the big league club.

Expectations for him couldn’t be much higher, but he says he is trying to stay calm about his prospects as he goes through his spring training routine.

In a sign of how the club wants to nurture him, Bradley’s clubhouse locker is situated between those of catchers Miguel Montero and Henry Blanco.