Sooners Add Archie Bradley to 2011 Baseball Class


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:23 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: May 9, 2011 6:3 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma head baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced two additional signings Monday, one being marquee prep pitcher Archie Bradley from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-4-inch, right-handed pitcher is widely considered to be a top selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, rated No. 12 in the nation by Baseball America.

In his senior season with the Tigers, the right hander is 10-1 thus far, with 116 strikeouts and a .34 ERA.

In 2010, he helped lead Broken Arrow to the state championship game and finished the campaign at 7-5 with a 1.46 ERA. He also recorded 109 strikeouts and a .197 opponent batting average in 67 1/3 innings pitched.

The Sooners also signed Adam Choplick, a left-handed pitcher from Denton Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.

"We are very excited to announce the signing of two big-time arms that really have a chance to come in and help our program," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "The level in which they've pitched in high school speaks volume for their potential to come in and help the Sooners immediately.

The 6-8 lefty is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA as of May 1 and at his last outing on April 29, Choplick tossed a perfect game across seven innings with 16 strikeouts on just 71 pitches.

In 2010, he was limited due to injury and pitched in just five innings while balancing playing time between baseball and basketball. In 2009, he was named the district newcomer of the yea and area pitcher of the year after posting a 9-1 record and a 0.80 ERA. He also struck out 71 batters that year in 67 innings pitched.

"We feel they have prepared themselves for this next challenge in their careers and we look forward to them being a part of the Sooner family and the tradition of Oklahoma baseball," said Golloway.