Writers name Jackie Bradley Jr. top Red Sox prospect

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (16) of the Salem Red Sox, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, in a game against the Potomac Nationals on June 8, 2012, at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia. Potomac won the first game of a doubleheader, 5-4. Bradley is the No. 10 Boston prospect, according to Baseball America. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former University of South Carolina Gamecock and Greenville Drive outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been selected by Boston’s baseball writers as the Red Sox Minor League player of the year for 2012.

The award, called the Greg Montalbano Minor League Award, will be presented at a dinner Jan 24 by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. It goes to the “individual who has made the greatest impact in the minor leagues in the past season.”

Bradley was a member of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks’ national championship teams and played briefly for the Greenville Drive. He moved up the Sox’ Minor League system quickly last year, from Salem to Portland.

Most of the previous winners of the award since 2005 also played for the Greenville Drive, including Jon Lester (rehab assignment), Clay Buchholz, Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Lavarnway, who won in 2011.



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