Scouting Prospect #73: Jed Bradley

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #73 from that list, Jed Bradley.

Name: Jed Bradley
Position: Pitcher
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League


Physical Description

Jed Bradley has a very strong, above average sized frame. There is a little projection left, as there's some room for additional bulk. He showed some good athleticism for his size in his brief pro appearance as well.

Mechanics

One of Bradley's great strengths is his clean delivery. He stays in line with home plate very well and stays on top from a high three-quarters delivery quite well. Most importantly, he repeats well and will throw a lot of strikes at the next level because of it. Some of that consistency was lacking in his AFL performance, but given his past I would expect that to return.

Fastball

Bradley is not an overpowering pitcher but don't underrate his fastball. He works steadily around 90-92 mph, and reaches 93 at times. He gets some good two-seam action when he's down in the zone. This is a plus command offering from Bradley. His velocity fluctuated in AFL action, but most chalked it up to rust.

Curveball

You could make the case that Bradley's two breaking balls are one and the same, but he changes speeds enough where you have to say they are two different offerings. He throws a quality, solid-average curveball at 77-78 mph. It's not a dominant offering but he locates it well.

Slider

The slider definitely differs from Bradley's curveball. He throws it a bit harder at 82-84 mph with good, late bite. Like his curveball, he can locate this exceptionally well.

Changeup

The changeup is probably Bradley's best and most consistent offering, and it's also his ticket to being a very good big league starter for a long time. He works at 81-83 mph so he's getting some excellent differential. But, he's also getting some good fade away from right-handed batters, and he's able to spot this pitch for strikes or out of the zone. This has a chance to be a legitimate plus pitch at the Major League level.

Summation

One of the most complete pitchers to come out of the 2011 draft, Bradley has four pitches that can get hitters out. And, he's willing to use all of them at really any time. If he has one major issue it's that his fastball command issues cropped up in the fall league. Again, however, his issues in Arizona don't seem to worry most scouts. Otherwise, he's a four pitch lefty with size, durability and the ability to locate.

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