Great article about the process of how the Red Sox were able to get Jackie Bradley Jr. with the 40th pick in the 2011 draft.Here's a paragraph and link to read the rest of the article:
NEW YORK -- In retrospect, the idea that the Red Sox had the opportunity to draft Jackie Bradley Jr. in 2011 seems hard to fathom. After all, his ascent to the major leagues has followed a trajectory akin to a human cannonball, a total of 138 games of minor league apprenticeship proving sufficient to make him the first position player from his draft class to reach the big leagues.
The 2011 draft was considered one of the best and deepest in recent years, perhaps one of the best ever. Even so, for Bradley to go from being the best player on the best college team in the country, to status as the No. 40 overall selection that year, to someone who raced past the field and into the majors is little short of remarkable.
Yet in some ways, the Sox are doubly fortunate that Bradley came into their organization. For under a slightly different set of circumstances, Bradley could have found himself -- just as was the case on Monday -- making his big league debut in Yankee Stadium, but wearing the iconic uniform of the home team rather than the Red Sox' visiting grays.