One of the many 2011 draft signing deadline deals that came down to the wire on Monday night was that of Jackie Bradley Jr. The centerfielder was the 40th overall pick of the Red Sox out of the University of South Carolina. Bradley had to chose between the $1.1 Million signing bonus the Red Sox had on the table or a return to the Gamecocks where he and his teammates would be chasing their third consecutive College World Series championship in 2012. In the end Bradley chose baseball and signed within the final 15 minutes before the deadline. In the story Bradley talks about his decision making prospect, tipping the scale with a visit to Boston, winning a second consecutive national championship, missing college life, and looking forward to what the future holds.
The San Diego Padres have called up top third base prospect James Darnell after Chase Headley was placed on the 15 day DL with a fractured finger. The 24 year old was a second round pick of the Padres in the 2008 draft out of the University of South Carolina. 2011 has been a breakout season for Darnell. He started the year with the Double-A San Antonio Missions where he hit .333 with 25 Doubles, 17 Home Runs, and 62 RBI’s in 76 games. Since being promoted to Tucson, Darnell has hit .272 with 4 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 13 RBI’s. Darnell hit over .300 in each of his four seasons in the minors with the exception of 2010 when he hit .271 during an injury plagued season. Look for Darnell to get a number of at-bats for the foreseeable future.