12. Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox
Bradley could take off in Beantown
This soon-to-be 23-year-old played for the University of South Carolina and was selected 40th overall in the first round in 2011 by the BoSox. Last year he hit .315 with nine home runs, 63 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 463 at-bats between High Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He played at two Single-A stops in '11 and hit just .250 with one long ball in 10 games.
Bradley is an all-around talent who uses the entire field and is more of a line-drive hitter. At only 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he probably won't develop into much more than a gap-to-gap swinger, but over a full season he could easily approach double-digit home runs. Setting him apart are his excellent plate discipline and leadoff skills (91 walks and 97 strikeouts in two minor league seasons). He doesn't have many weaknesses in his overall game, and the kid has 30-plus stolen base ability, too.
Boston knows they have something special in Bradley, and it's already showing in spring training. While he'll start down on the farm this year, chances are high that he'll show his face at Fenway at some point this year. He's the heir apparent to Jacoby Ellsbury, who'll be a free agent at season's end, in center field. Even if Ellsbury signs a contract extension, Bradley will be heavily involved in a discussion for a spot somewhere in the outfield because of his bat and on-base skills. His above-average defensive attributes will probably make him versatile enough to play at all three outfield posts.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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