It took a little bit longer to see everyone's beloved center fielder come off the board but Jackie Bradley Jr. has found a new home and it's a good one.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was selected 40th overall in last night's opening of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Bradley Jr. went in the supplemental picks of the 1st round to the Red Sox and they have to be thrilled with the type of player and person they are picking up in Bradley Jr. from USC. Bradley Jr. will always be remembered as the fun loving, dynamite center fielder of the Gamecocks when they won their first major national championship. He was the 2010 Oustanding Player of the Year in the College World Series and sports a .336 batting average with 30 homeruns and 132 career RBI's.
Bradley Jr. wasn't the first player with USC ties taken off the board last night though. Spring Valley pitcher Taylor Guerrieri was drafted 24th overall to the Tampa Bay Rays. Guerrieri was always expected to be a high MLB Draft pick and but did go a bit later in the first round than he had expected. Guerrieri has signed with USC for this upcoming year but a pick this high is certain to command a million dollar plus type signing bonus so I doubt he'll end up with USC.
Finally USC commitment Brian Goodwin was picked 34th overall by the Washington Nationals. Goodwin is a former UNC player who committed to USC several weeks ago from Miami-Dade Community College and would be on scholarship for the 2011 year. Goodwin has yet to sign his scholarship papers for USC at this time according to TheBigSpur.com.
These are 3 impressive players and certainly good to see USC so heavily involved in the earlier rounds of the MLB Draft. This will, however, probably end the USC career of Jackie Bradley Jr. and keep Guerrieri and Goodwin from enrolling at South Carolina.
At any event, let's wish these 3 players the best of luck in the future with whatever decision they end up making. Congrats fellas!