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Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Jackie Bradley, who is usually refered to as Jackie Bradley Jr., was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 2010.

As a high school senior, Bradley was All-State. As a freshman at the University of South Carolina, he hit .349/.431/.537 with 69 runs in 63 games and was a consensus Freshman All-American. That summer, he batted .275/.351/.366 for the Hyannis Mets of the elite Cape Cod League. He led the league with four triples.

His sophomore year, 2010, Bradley improved to .368/.473/.587 with 13 homers, 56 runs and 60 RBI in 67 games while making only one error all year. He made second-team All-Southeastern Conference in the outfield. He went 10 for 29 with two homers and 9 RBI in the 2010 College World Series to lead South Carolina to its first title. He got three hits when South Carolina knocked off #1-ranked Arizona State University from the Series. In the finale, he caught a Brett Krill liner at the warning track in the 11th inning. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the CWS for his efforts.

Bradley was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 40th pick of the 2011 amateur draft, a compensation pick obtained as a result of 3B Adrian Beltre signing with the Texas Rangers as a free agent. Scouted by Quincy Boyd, he was signed for a reported $1.1 million. He made his pro debut that summer with the Lowell Spinners and later played with the Greenville Drive, hitting .250 with a home run in 10 games between the two clubs. He split 2012 between the Class A Salem Red Sox, where he hit .359 in 67 games, and the AA Portland Sea Dogs where he hit .271. Between the two stops, his batting line was .315/.430/.482 with 42 doubles, 9 homers, 90 runs scored and 63 RBI. He also drew 87 walks.

Bradley went to spring training with the Red Sox as a non-roster player in 2013 and was just outstanding, hitting over .400 and displaying a great approach at the plate that put him in the picture to begin the season in Boston. he was the Red Sox's starter in left field on Opening Day against the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium on April 1st, going 0 for 2, but with three walks, two runs scored and an RBI as Boston won handily, 8-2. The Red Sox started the season playing very well, finding themselves atop the AL East after two weeks, but Bradley was not hitting, having gone 3 for 31 in his first 12 games, and spending increasing time on the bench. With David Ortiz ready to come off the disabled list, the Sox decided to send Bradley to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox on April 19th, in order to give him regular playing time. Unfazed by his struggles at the big league level, Bradley quickly found back his stroke with Pawtucket, and had his average up to .354 after 20 games, at which point, Boston called him back on May 29th. However, he still could not master major league pitching and ended up with an average of .189 in 37 games and was not on the team's postseason roster.

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