Description: Slightly undersized, athletic frame. On the lean
side with the ability to add a little more weight, but will not fill out
Hit: Hits from an open stance.
Closes down well on pitch approach to keep himself balanced. Quick and
fluid hands. Generates plus bat speed. Swing has slight upward plane
through the hitting zone, but is a little on the long side. Can struggle
with balls on the inner third due to over-extension. Solid bat control.
Projects as a solid-average hitter with work needed hitting inside the
ball and honing his approach. Tends to look middle-to-inside consistently.
Will need to focus on hitting the other way more in the majors. Tends to
hook balls on outer third and roll over them. Patient and displays strong
recognition of secondary offerings.
Below-average power potential. Home run totals project in the single
digits at the major-league level.
arm. Throw from home plate into center field stands at Fenway went viral
in 2014. Strong and accurate.
defensively. Projects to stick in center field. Plus-plus defender.
Displays strong natural instincts. Gets excellent reads and jumps on balls
hit his way. Strength shows not in flashy, highlight reel plays, but in
making difficult plays look routine, reaching fly balls in stride that
others would need to dive for. Glides to the ball.
Average speed, plays up both offensively and defensively due to
Career Notes: At one
point considered a mid-to-high first-round pick, Bradley fell to the
supplemental round due to a poor start to the 2011 college season in which
he hit .259 in 37 games, followed by a tendon injury in his left wrist
that ended his junior campaign. Was part of two College World Series
championship teams at South Carolina.
Projects as an above-average regular on a first-division team due to his
defense. Potential to be one of the best defensive outfielders in
baseball. Regardless of how he hits, will add value to a major league team
with his defense. If his bat doesn’t develop, profiles as a bench
outfielder, but even if he only hits .240 with 8-10 home runs, could start
due to defensive ability at a premium position. Outstanding baseball
makeup and high baseball IQ.
The Book: Jackie Bradley (9.2.11)
Q&A with Jackie Bradley (9.9.11)
2012 Prospect Preview
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The Book: Jackie Bradley (6.25.12)
Bradley making strides (7.10.12)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
2014 Graduates Season in Review
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