PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - After a difficult season, Jackie Bradley Jr. was relieved to hear his name called on the first day of the Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft. The Prince George native and University of South Carolina junior outfielder was taken as the 40th overall pick in the draft by the Boston Red Sox in the compensation round.
He is the first current Gamecock player to be selected in this year's draft. Bradley has been out of the lineup for the Gamecocks since April 23 when he injured his left wrist in attempting to make a catch in center field. Bradley was the 2010 Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series and has hit .336 in his career with the Garnet & Black with 30 career homers and 132 career RBI.
Earlier this year, Bradley Jr. became the 24th player in South Carolina history to record 200 or more career hits with a home run vs. Rhode Island. Bradley currently has 214 career hits.
In high school, Bradley made the 2008 Virginia AAA All-State team. He also played for Richmond Braves National AAU team and was listed by Baseball America as No. 40 best prospect overall in the state of Virginia for 2008 MLB Draft.