Georgia Tech pitcher Jed Bradley is expected to be a high-to-mid-round pick in the major league draft that begins Monday night at 7 p.m.
Bradley, a junior lefthander, has been pegged to go at No. 8 to Cleveland by espn.com draft expert Keith Law (though he could see him going as low as No. 19 to Boston. No link. It’s behind a pay wall.). Baseball Prospectus’ mock draft gives him to Toronto at No. 21. (The Blue Jays took Tech pitcher Deck McGuire last year at No. 11.) Draft expert Jonathan Mayo of mlb.com pegs Bradley as the No. 8 overall prospect and says that he doesn’t have one standout pitch but “does have a very solid four-pitch mix at his disposal.” Baseball America also sends Bradley to Cleveland at No. 8.
Bradley, who had a 7-3 record with a 3.49 ERA, would be Tech’s 10th first-round pick, its second in a row (McGuire) and third in five years (Matt Wieters, No. 5).
First baseman Matt Skole and pitcher Mark Pope, juniors like Bradley, are also expected to go in the first few rounds. Coach Danny Hall doesn’t expect any of the three to return.
The draft will be covered live on mlb.com.
McGuire, if you’re wondering, is pitching for Toronto’s high-A team in the Florida League. He’s 3-3 with a 3.24 ERA, 52 strikeouts to 25 walks in 58 1/3 innings.