MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at outfielder, Jackie Bradley.

Name: Jackie Bradley Jr.
Position: Outfield
School: South Carolina
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 175
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Team USA

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, South Carolina from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.



Physical Description

Bradley has a stocky, short, athletic frame. He's broad at the shoulders and muscular in the upper body considering his smallish frame. This is about what he'll be long term body wise, and that's a plus because he's an outstanding athlete currently.

Hitting

Bradley has an ultra short, compact swing and looks similar to Jimmy Rollins in terms of overall swing mechanics. He uses the whole field well and figures to be a good gap to gap hitter. I'd like to see him put the ball on the ground even a little more to take advantage of his good speed.

Power

Given his lack of size, Bradley has some surprising power. He can spin on pitches on the inner half and does have some natural lift in his swing. He stays on his back leg when he recognizes a pitch to drive. He'll never put up gaudy power numbers but could hit 15-18 home runs annually.

Speed

Jackie Bradley has outstanding plus speed. He flashes 70 speed on the 20-80 and is extra quick in short bursts down the first base line. This speed also makes him an elite defender in center field.

Fielding

Bradley has the makings of an acrobatic, elite center fielder. He's a highlight reel type center fielder, climbing walls to make catches and laying out in the gaps. His arm is about average, but he's consistently on line and has a quick release.

Summation

Bradley is your prototypical top of the lineup, speedy center fielder. And, the decent power is a nice added bonus. He's likely to be a plus bat as well that will get on base, steal bases and put on a show in center field.

Draft Projection: Compensation Round

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