Jackie Bradley Jr. in the spotlight at SC event

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Boston Red Sox prospect outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. speaks with a TV reporter at the Greenville Drive’s annual Hot Stove Event on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Greenville, South Carolina. Bradley is ranked No. 32 prospect in the country for the 2013 season by MLB.com. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Tuesday night, even as former Gamecock and former Greenville Drive outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was talking with fans in downtown Greenville, the MLB Network was getting ready to air its new Top 100 prospects list.

Not long after I got home from photographing Bradley and the other notables at the Greenville Drive’s annual Hot Stove Event at Zen in the West End, I flipped on the TV and watched as Jonathan Mayo announced Bradley as No. 32. Mayo said Bradley is someone “who’s looked at as a likely replacement for free-agent-to-be Jacoby Ellsbury . . ..”

Bradley signed autographs for fans, posed for photos, talked with TV reporters and generally showed how comfortable he is even in the spotlight.

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