Scouting Red Sox and Indians prospects 

May, 18, 2012

I took a brief break from draft work to drop in on a high Class A game between Salem and Carolina in Zebulon, N.C., on Wednesday night, getting looks at a number of Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians prospects.

• Salem's Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox) looked good, finally healthy after a lost 2011, although his stat line probably overstates where he really is in terms of mechanics and approach. His swing is back to where it was in 2010 before the hand injury; he gets his front foot down late but has his old bat speed back and enough rotational action for gap power. His approach has improved both in differentiating pitches and, more important, in greater willingness to use the whole field instead of just trying to pull the ball, since power will likely never be a large part of his game. He showed plus range in center as well. He's 22 in high-A and came from the best conference in college baseball; that resume, combined with his performance, should have him on the fast track for a promotion to Double-A Portland in the next month or so.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer