Red Sox take outfielder Bradley 40th overall
University of South Carolina talent chosen with compensation pick
BOSTON -- If it hadn't been for left wrist woes that hindered his 2011 season, Jackie Bradley may not have been available for the Red Sox to take with their final pick on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft on Monday.
A talented outfielder from the University of South Carolina, Bradley was taken in the sandwich round -- 40th overall -- by the Red Sox.
After undergoing left wrist surgery, Bradley has a .259 average over 37 games this season, with six homers and 26 RBIs.
"He had the wrist injury. Jackie's not officially part of the organization yet, so it wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment in detail," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "But obviously we reviewed the medical file. It's something our medical staff was really comfortable with, that he'll be able to come back at 100 percent."
At 5-10, the 21-year-old has power and a nice middle-of-the-field approach. Bradley is a left-handed hitter, and he hails from Prince George, Va.
The Red Sox selected Bradley with the compensation pick they had for losing free agent Adrian Beltre to the Rangers.