High School Sports

Former Coast baseball star receives his first call up to the big leagues

Former Harrison Central baseball star Bobby Bradley received the call he had been waiting for since he was first drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2014.

The Indians announced Sunday morning that they called up Bradley from Triple-A Columbus for Sunday afternoon’s home game against the Detroit Tigers.

Bradley started at first base in an 8-3 win over the Tigers. In his first at-bat, he came up with an RBI ground-rule double. He finished the day 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Bradley has shown a powerful bat every step through the minors leagues, and he was well on his way to his best season yet at Columbus. He was hitting .292 with 24 homers and 55 RBIs in 257 at-bats for the Clippers.

Bradley, whose career high for homers is 29 in 2016 at High-A, leads the International League in home runs. He has had three multiple-home run games in the last week at Columbus.

As a minor leaguer, Bradley has a .256 career batting average with 138 home runs and 471 RBIs in six seasons.

Cleveland hopes Bradley can provide pop to a lineup that lags behind much of the American League in home runs. The Indians are in second place in the American League Central, but stood nine games behind the first-place Twins to start the day on Sunday.

Entering Sunday’s game, the Indians (41-35) were tied with Boston (43-36) for second place in the Wild Card standings. Tampa Bay (44-33) held first place.

The Indians selected Bradley, who signed with LSU in high school, in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft following a stellar career at Harrison Central.

Patrick Magee is a sports writer who has covered South Mississippi for much of the last two decades. From Southern Miss to high schools, he stays on top of it all.