7/23/2014 2:21 P.M. ET
Gibson: 'Taste' of big leagues would help Bradley
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said a taste of the big leagues at some point this year would help top prospect Archie Bradley in 2015, but that it's too soon to say when, or if, that will happen.
"What I want Archie to do is continue to throw the ball well like he did his last start, get on a roll and be prepared for an opportunity should it arise," Gibson said.
Bradley, who is pitching for Double-A Mobile, allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings Saturday and struck out 10 while walking just one. It was the 21-year-old's fifth start for Mobile after being shut down earlier this summer with some elbow discomfort.
Bradley is using his secondary pitches -- his curve and changeup -- more than he has in the past according to Gibson and he has also been developing a two-seam fastball.
"That's kind of what you want to see," Gibson said. "You can't just rear back and throw it here. He's good, he's strong, mechanics are good. He's really working on his total pitch package and is becoming more comfortable in utilizing it."
Bradley lost out in a battle to win the No. 5 spot during Spring Training and then was set back with the elbow problem, but he still could find his way to the Majors this year before it's all said and done.
"You come up and get a taste, it's valuable going into next year, for sure," Gibson said. "Any experience he could get would certainly be valuable going into next year."
D-backs gain Draft pick in Competitive Balance Lottery
PHOENIX -- The D-backs on Wednesday gained an extra pick following the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft via baseball's Competitive Balance Lottery.
Introduced when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement came into play in December 2011, the Competitive Balance Lottery gives teams who have either one of the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools one of six additional choices after each of the first and second rounds. Additionally, any other clubs that are eligible to receive revenue-sharing funds are eligible for the supplemental second-round selections.
The D-backs wound up with the sixth and final pick of the Competitive Balance Round B picks, which follow the second round of the Draft.
In this year's Draft, the D-backs owned two Competitive Balance Round B picks -- their own and one acquired from the Padres in the deal that sent Ian Kennedy to San Diego.
When the D-backs acquired the pick -- along with lefty Joe Thatcher and right-hander Matt Stites -- Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said his confidence in scouting director Ray Montgomery made the pick valuable.
"When you've got a scouting director that's as good as Ray, I'll bet on him any day," Towers said.
The D-backs wound up selecting outfielder Marcus Wilson No. 69 overall and shortstop Isan Diaz No. 70 overall.
Ziegler bruised after being struck with comebacker
PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler stopped short of saying he felt good, but the bruised right-hander was thankful he was not more seriously injured when he was struck in the ribs by a line drive Tuesday night.
Ziegler said he was very sore on Wednesday and he will continue to receive treatment.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he will all but certainly stay away from using Ziegler on Wednesday, but he's hoping that another off-day on Thursday will help speed Ziegler's recovery.
"He's pretty bruised up," Gibson said. "[I] was a little worried. I cross my fingers that it won't be that long."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.