2014 Indians 3rd round pick: 1B Bobby Bradley
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
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.
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
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