06/18/11 9:58 PM ET
First-round pick Bradley pays visit to D-backs
By Anthony Fenech / MLB.com
"Being here in Arizona and the hospitality that they've showed me and just the insaneness of it," Bradley said. "When you picture the big leagues and Major League Baseball, this is everything and more."
On Saturday, Bradley and his parents were at Chase Field being chauffeured around what could be Bradley's future place of employment.
"I'd like to get started as quickly as possible," the 18-year-old said. "But I understand it's a process and I have a big decision to make."
Bradley's decision is whether to sign with the D-backs or head to the University of Oklahoma and play quarterback in the fall.
"Being here helps quite a bit to put up against going to the Oklahoma," Bradley said. "Seeing what this town, this city, and after seeing that Spring Training complex, it kind of blows your mind a bit."
Bradley is a hard-throwing right-hander from Broken Arrow who led his team to the Oklahoma 6A state championship in the spring.
His stats looked like this: 12-1 record, 0.29 ERA, 137 strikeouts and 11 walks in 72 innings. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bradley was named to the AFLAC All-America roster after his junior season.
He was most impressed with the D-backs' Salt River Spring Training complex and Randy Johnson's National League Cy Young Award trophy.
"It's absolutely amazing," Bradley said.
He said the decision is more fun than agonizing, and that money does play a part in deciding between football and baseball.
"It's not everything, but it's a big factor," Bradley said.
"What it ultimately comes down to is what I want to do with my future."
Slimmer Gutierrez hopes to return soon
PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Juan Gutierrez would like to shed his disabled-list status soon.
"I've been feeling pretty good," Gutierrez said on Saturday, a day after throwing his second bullpen session since being placed on the DL on May 25 with a shoulder injury.
"I felt really strong," he said.
Gutierrez is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Monday, and expects a decision on his return to be made next Thursday.
In the three weeks since being placed on the DL, Gutierrez has also shed 13 pounds.
"How can you not notice?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked. "He's much smaller. He's worked hard, he's in good shape and threw the ball pretty decently yesterday."
Gibson said they're going to increase the intensity during his next bullpen before letting him face live hitters.
"I've been working really hard," Gutierrez said. "We've been doing a lot of things in the weight room, working hard there and doing a lot of conditioning at Salt River [Field]."
Drew sets franchise assists record on Friday
PHOENIX -- D-backs starting pitcher Daniel Hudson was asked if he needed to treat Stephen Drew to a steak.
"We'll see," Hudson said. "Obviously, he was pretty busy [Friday night]."
Drew was busy, recording a career-high and franchise-record 11 assists, setting those records while serving as the middle man in last night's game-ending 1-6-3 double play.
"It was really fun, it really was," Drew said after the game Friday. "He kept me in action."
Drew's 11 assists were the most for all shortstops this season, surpassing the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins, who had 10 on May 25 against the Reds, and also marked the highest total for any position player in the Major Leagues this season.
"He played great going to his left and his right all night," Hudson said.
Drew had the most action since the Pirates' Ramon Vazquez had 11 assists as a second baseman in July 2009 against the Astros.
"I think [Hudson] and Stephen had a little pact going into the game," manager Kirk Gibson joked. "It was a pretty good sight, Stephen's pretty sure-handed."
Drew has a .976 fielding percentage on the season with six errors entering Saturday's game.
Anthony Fenech is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.