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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