Jackie Bradley: Boston Red Sox Outfield Prospect Excelling at Class-a Advanced

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIMay 17, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29:  Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the South Carolina Gamecocks sits in the dugout before game 2 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series against the UCLA Bruins at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Bruins 2-1 in eleven innings to win the National Championship.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For all the turmoil the Boston Red Sox have endured this season, there have been certain bright spots.

Outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. has been one of them.

A first-round pick in the 2011 first-year player draft, Bradley is well-known for his defensive prowess. Baseball America selected this speedster as the best defensive outfielder in the Red Sox organization in 2011.

But it has been what Bradley has been able to achieve with the lumber this season that is beginning to turn heads.

A sweet-swinging left-handed hitter, Bradley is batting a scorching .379 for the Salem Red Sox of the Class-A Advanced Carolina League.

This 22-year-old South Carolina native has 47 hits, three home runs and 24 RBI to accompany 11 stolen bases. More impressive, Bradley’s OPS is 1.078 and slugging percent is .581.

During the past 10 games, Bradley has crushed the baseball. He is hitting .429 over this stretch with 15 hits in 35 at-bats.

Defensively, Bradley has had an uncharacteristically rough stretch of glove work while playing outfield for Salem this spring. With four errors in 34 games, Bradley still has ways to go to master his craft at this position.

But looking big picture, Bradley is showing signs of becoming an excellent ballplayer for the Red Sox organization.

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Jackie Bradley, Jr. #19 of the South Carolina Gamecocks bats against the UCLA Bruins during game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated
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For a team that already boasts a healthy youth movement in Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava and Jose Iglesias, having a budding star like Bradley should give Red Sox nation hope for a bright future.


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