Draft Prep: Know Your Bradleys

The draft is just three weeks away.  Three Bradleys have first-round potential; let's brush up.

Archie Bradley

Archie is a right-handed pitcher out of Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma.  In his recent top 100 list, ESPN's Keith Law ranked him tenth.  Back in February, Baseball America placed him ninth.  Law notes that Archie "is committed to Oklahoma as a quarterback but his passion is baseball."  According to Law, this Bradley sits 92-95 and has a hammer curveball "that might be the best in the draft."  Talking to BA's Nathan Rode in February, Bradley labeled himself a "front of the rotation guy," noting that "people get away from the fastball too much."  Comparisons to Dylan Bundy are natural, because the two top ten draft prospects pitch in the same conference and are good friends.

Jed Bradley

Jed is a 6'4" left-handed pitcher out of Georgia Tech.  Law ranked him 13th, while BA had him 12th in February.  Law says Jed sits at 89-94 and is a clear first-rounder, but his ceiling is currently limited because he lacks an average breaking ball.  On May 11th, ESPN's Jason Churchill wrote that Bradley's recent performance had his stock dropping a bit, but he'll still go in the middle of the first round at worst.  MLB.com's Peter Gammons still considers Jed a "sure top-10 selection."  BA's Teddy Cahill noted that Bradley was undrafted out of high school, but he bulked up, added velocity, and learned a lot from former Yellow Jacket teammate Deck McGuire.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie is a 5'10" center fielder out of South Carolina.  He's currently recovering from late April wrist surgery.  While the injury itself doesn't affect his long-term outlook, it may prevent him from returning and breaking out of an extended slump.  BA's Jim Callis puts Jackie in the second half of the first round, and Law ranked him 28th.  Law's scouting report bottom line: "His upside is that of a plus glove in center who hits for average and probably 15-homer power."  Jackie has over 4,000 Twitter followers and is advised by the Boras Corporation.

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11 Comments on "Draft Prep: Know Your Bradleys"

4 years 3 months ago

 After the circus act that toured from Chicago to Seattle, im about fed up with Bradleys

4 years 3 months ago

well i came to write just about exactly this, albeit in a less comically worded manner. it would appear that my work is done here.

4 years 3 months ago

I REALLY want the Jays to draft Jackie Bradley jr. For some reason he reminds me a lot of Torii Hunter.

4 years 3 months ago

more of these (draft posts, not bradleys) please

4 years 3 months ago

what does the number of jackie’s twitter followers have anything to do with the draft?

4 years 3 months ago

he’s well liked and will sell a lot of jerseys?  

4 years 3 months ago

 makes him seem more popular and maybe shows that he is people friendly and likable?  Maybe Boras has a bunch of fake twitter accounts to have them follow his clients to make them seem that way

4 years 3 months ago

 Just looking for a personal element for Jackie, after having one for Archie and Jed.

John LeClair
4 years 3 months ago

I know Milton Bradley does that count?

4 years 3 months ago

So long as none of them is related to Milton, they’re all okay with me! 

4 years 3 months ago

Are these fellas drinking some of Oklahoma’s 3.2 % beer?