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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley (25) pitches during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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D-backs’ Archie Bradley focused on consistency heading into third season

LISTEN: Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks pitcher

Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley wants to learn and become more consistent as he prepares for his third season in the majors.

Appearing on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf, the 24-year-old pitcher discussed the highs and lows of last season. Bradley went 8-9 in 26 starts with a 5.02 ERA.

“Be more consistent all around,” Bradley said. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve said is just consistency. Being able to make adjustments in-game where I’m able to stop innings from getting out of hand.”

Bradley pitched 141.2 innings for Arizona last year, allowing 154 hits and collecting 143 strikeouts. The former seventh overall pick in 2011 MLB amateur draft struck out 10 or more batters twice last season and averaged about one strikeout per inning pitched.

Bradley’s final start of the season against the Padres on Oct. 1 was a sign of progress. In seven innings, he gave up two runs with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a win.

“I did things in that game that I want to consistently do,” Bradley said. “I got ahead on guys, I finished at-bats and did the things you’re supposed to do. I can now see that state of mind I was in. Where I am staring down to look at the catcher, I can be this every time.”

An improvement in Bradley’s consistency would benefit the D-backs. Arizona’s starting rotation had a 5.19 ERA last season, second-worst in baseball. Bradley wants the fans to trust that he can help the team improve, but knows he needs to earn it.

“There were starts out there where I was out there and I was like ‘Man, I feel like I can do this every time I’m out here,” Bradley said. “I just want my teammates and my coaches and our fans to know that every fifth day when I take the ball, I’m gonna give our team a chance to win. That’s really what it’s about is getting to that point where they believe you and think you can do that.”

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