No. 40: Sox select OF Jackie Bradley Jr.

With the No. 40 pick, the Red Sox selected CF Jackie Bradley Jr. from University of South Carolina.

Here’s a scouting report from ESPN.com’s Keith Law:

Bradley came into the year as a likely first-round pick, perhaps in the middle of the round, but poor performance plus injury have substantially hurt his draft stock.

When healthy, Bradley is a solid whole-field hitter with good hand acceleration and a balanced swing. He can get pull-happy and sink his batting average by trying too hard to hit for power. He's a fringe-average runner but covers ground in centerfield with solid reads along with a plus arm.

Bradley's season is probably over due to torn ligaments in his wrist, meaning he won't get a chance to improve on his disappointing spring or show something new to scouts; I wouldn't be surprised to see him drafted by a team with extra picks, only to go play in the Cape Cod League this summer in an attempt to re-establish his value once he's healthy again. His upside is that of a plus glove in center who hits for average and probably 15-homer power.