The truth is, it took ATVL half the summer to figure out if this young man is named “McClain Bradley” or “Bradley McClain.” The one thing that can not be denied, though, is that McClain had a fantastic summer in the Valley for Waynesboro. (McClain is his first name, by the way.)
The 5-11 junior from Wofford was a mainstay in the General lineup. Here are his 2017 stats:
After flirting with a .400 average for some of the summer, he ended up finishing 7th in batting average, 10th in OPS, 5th in total bases, tied for 4th in triples, tied for 10th in doubles, tied for 4th in hits, and 8th in runs. He was named All-Valley 2nd team in the outfield. He was named hitter of the day once, on June 9th, after going 5-5, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a double, and a stolen base.
What’s been another positive aspect of McClain’s college career so far is his improvement each year. In 2016, he played for Florence in the Coastal Plains League. Here is his line:
As you can see, he improved his numbers across the board from one summer to the next. But he’s also improved greatly each college season at Wofford:
It’s impossible to judge a player on 8 at-bats, but even with throwing out 2015, look at McClain’s improvement the next two years. From 2016 to 2017, he raised his batting average 50 points, his OBP 58 points, and his slugging an amazing 185 points. If this trend continues, he is due a monster senior season!
Congratulations on your excellent summer, McClain!