ATVL’s 2nd best hitter in the 2015 Valley League season is College of Charleston’s Bradley Jones!
Bradley may be best known for crushing home run after home run in the second-to-last round of the 2015 Home Run Derby (with his dad pitching), but he produced at the plate in “normal” circumstances as well. Bradley was a mainstay in Charles Town’s lineup, finishing the season with a 333/380/590 stat line in 117 at-bats. He scored 19 runs, drove in 24, hit 12 doubles and 6 home runs, stole 5 bases, and had a 10/22 BB/K ratio. he finished tied for 6th in batting average in the league, and first in slugging. His home run total tied with 3 others for the top spot in the regular season. He appears to have a pretty bright future ahead of him, too, as two of my Valley League contacts said he was the best pro prospect in the entire league.
At Charleston in 2014, as a freshman, Bradley hit 210/275/270 in 100 at-bats. He hit 3 doubles, a home run, and had a 9/30 BB/K ratio.
He took a huge step forward in 2015, hitting 309/ 394/586 in 181 at-bats, along with 40 runs, 45 RBIs, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs, and a 24/52 BB/K ratio. He was named All-CAA 2nd team after the season. I can’t help but wonder how he might produce in 2016 with another step forward in his development!