High Class A Salem center fielder Jackie Bradley failed to reach base on April 11, his fifth professional game, but the Red Sox prospect has gotten aboard via hit or walk in his other 30 games this season and leads the minors with a .507 on-base percentage. Not bad for a player who lasted until the 40th pick in last year's draft because he injured his left wrist while at South Carolina and slumped through his junior season.
Rain postponed Salem's Carolina League contest on Sunday, but the lefty-hitting Bradley went 5-for-5 on Saturday to raise his season average to .389, which ranks second in the minors only to Tigers third-base prospect Nick Castellanos, who's batting .403 for high Class A Lakeland. The 22-year-old Bradley has collected 11 stolen bases in 14 attempts as well as 14 extra-base hits (including three home runs) to prop up a .575 slugging percentage.
For more on Bradley's quick start, please see correspondent Alex Speier's recent Red Sox organization report (BA subscription required).
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