USC junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been selected in the compensation round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Bradley was the No. 40 overall pick in the draft by the Boston Red Sox. He is the first current Gamecock player to be selected in this year’s draft. Bradley has been out of the lineup for the Gamecocks since April 23 when he injured his left wrist in attempting to make a catch in center field. Bradley was the 2010 Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series and has hit .336 in his career with the Garnet & Black with 30 career homers and 132 career RBI.
Earlier this year, Bradley Jr. became the 24th player in South Carolina history to record 200 or more career hits with a home run vs. Rhode Island. Bradley currently has 214 career hits.
Two USC recruits also were drafted on the first day. RHP Taylor Guerrieri of Spring Valley was the 24th pick by Tampa Bay, and OF Brian Goodwin was the 34th pick by Washington.