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August 15, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Report: Red Sox sign supplemental first-round selection Jackie Bradley Jr.

According to John Wittle of TheBigSpur.com, the Red Sox have signed 40th overall selection, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. The bonus is reported by John Manuel of Baseball America to be $1.1 million.

Bradley Jr., 21, is an athletic centerfielder out of the University of South Carolina. A left-handed hitter at the plate, Bradley Jr. projects to hit for average and display above-average power. A potential five-tool player, Bradley Jr. is well known for his defensive prowess and speed on the base paths.

In 2010, Bradley Jr. was name the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 College World Series, leading the Gamecocks to claim college baseball’s title. During his outstanding sophomore season, Bradley Jr. hit .368/.473/.587 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI. His 2011 season was marred by a wrist injury, causing him to play in only 37 games and hit .259/.361/.468 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI. The Red Sox have expressed confidence that Bradley Jr. will fully recover from the injury and suffer no lasting effects.