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2014 Indians 3rd round pick: 1B Bobby Bradley

2014 Indians 3rd round pick: 1B Bobby Bradley
June 6, 2014
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With their 3rd round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected first baseman Bobby Bradley out of Harrison Central High School (MS).

Born: 5/29/1996 – Height: 6’1” – Weight: 225 – Bats: Left – Throws: Right

Ranks:

MLB.com: 68
Keith Law: 58
Baseball America: 85

Tony’s take: This is another exciting pick for the Indians because Bradley is another player with a lot of upside with the bat. He plays at a non-premium position at first base, but the upside with the bat with big time power and a good approach to match makes him someone that is going to be fun to watch develop. He makes consistent, hard contact and has the power to hit the ball out to all fields. He has a solid arm and some experience as a catcher and at third base, but he should settle in at first base though it remains to be seen what kind of defender he is there. The Indians appear to be going less for the raw, athletic and toolsy guys like in years past out of high school and more polished players.

Jeff Ellis: So I am a big fan of this Bradley pick, and with him it’s all about power and the bat. I think if he had gone to LSU his scouting report in three years would read a lot like Kyle Schwarber. Both are guys from the left side with major questions about where they fit defensively. Bradley was tried as a catcher, but his best position is going to be DH. He has a nice swing with good bat speed. His hit tool is more an average to above average tool. I think his power will be plus, this guy has 30 home run potential in the pros. The Indians are really focusing on power and getting away from the old approach of just drafting up the middle talent.

Press release: Bradley, who turned 18 on May 29, recently graduated from Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, MS.  During his recently completed senior campaign he hit .340  (17-50) with 5 2B, 2 3B, 6HR & 11RBI in 22 games.  He hit .567 (34-60) as a Junior with 8HR & 32 RBI in 27 games and over his four-year high school career he batted .442 (89-300, 23HR, 91RBI, 84 games).  He is a national letter of intent to attend LSU. He attended the same high school as LHP Greg Hibbard (now an Indians MiLB coach) and OF Matt Lawton.

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User Comments

arthur ladner
June 7, 2014 - 8:28 PM EDT
he was a beast when I coached him in little league at 11 and 12 years old
Darren Wallace
June 6, 2014 - 10:00 PM EDT
Come to Milwaukee, Wisconsin stop at Diamond's bar on 76th and Hampton. This is his cousins bar where i drink. We plan on hanging his Indians jersey, wearing his Indians Jersey and welcoming all indian fans to come to Milwaukee even though we support the Brewers. When you come here be sure you mention you are from Cleveland, you are a Indians fan as well as a Bobby Bradley fan and we are true drinkers we will do a shot with you to Bobby Bradley and the Cleveland Indians. Humphrey and Tutti the owners of Diamonds and myself and my wife Rhonda would like to thank the Cleveland Indians organization for having the insight to draft Bobby Bradley my new nephew. Swing for the fences young man, swing for the fences!
darren wallace
June 6, 2014 - 9:14 PM EDT
I went to a brewers game with this kid when they were scouting him. He has a great perspective for the future. Great understanding of the game to be so young. He got drafted under yhe radar so all you fans watch out, this kid is the real deal. Dont be fooled by the media he is actually about 6' 3' and 230 pounds of raw talent ready to get unleashed. Watch his videos they are a testimony to his greatness. Remember this kid JUST turned. 18 last. Week!
Tony
June 6, 2014 - 2:15 PM EDT
I wouldn't worry about signing any of the top 10 round picks. Maybe one at most doesn't sign.
shy
June 6, 2014 - 2:09 PM EDT
The kid is a beast physically. Built like Abreu the Cuban who is 9 yrs older. The videos show him generating a lot of power without moving has feet- sign of tremendous core and upper body strength. High upside, hope they can sign him...
Danny
June 6, 2014 - 2:09 PM EDT
Thanks for the feedback @Largebill and @Tondo. That was just the first article I read after hearing the news and immediately thought he was going to head to Baton Rouge.
Tondo
June 6, 2014 - 2:03 PM EDT
Absolutely love the pick. Best value so far.

He will sign too, as he does not have much leverage. What's his best case? Hit like Papi and AJ Reed in College and go slightly higher? He does not have a position and is a bat only, those guys don't get taken high. He would be stupid to not take any deal in the 600-800k range
Largebill
June 6, 2014 - 2:02 PM EDT
A lot of pre-draft bluster doesn't hold up when $$$ are on the table. Offer him decent money and future college tuition. Most of these players never head back to college. Think Yankees are worried about still owing Jeter college tuition if he decides to attend next year?
David
June 6, 2014 - 1:57 PM EDT
Great pick! Law (gasp) is absolutely LOVING the Indians draft this far.
Danny
June 6, 2014 - 1:56 PM EDT
Read in an article that he told the LSU coach he wouldn't turn down LSU unless it was first or second round money. I'm concerned it will be a problem to sign this kid.

Here is the link to the article I referenced above:

http://www.wlox.com/story/25708715/bobby-bradley-faces-tough-decision-lsu-or-mlb
Mark
June 6, 2014 - 1:55 PM EDT
Damn, this kids really gets the bat head and his hips through the ball when he swings. Very nice pick, and he looks like he could add some muscle with a strength program and really provide a solid power bat lower in the system that is completely devoid of such currently.

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