LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - At his fourth annual Free Baseball Clinic Saturday, Bobby Bradley shared words of wisdom with dozens of aspiring young athletes of the Coast, well aware of how much weight his perspective can carry.
“As a kid, having something like this would have been the best experience that I had at that point in my life, and I would have just been forever grateful," Bradley said. "For me to be able to come back and do it, it’s just amazing.”
It wasn’t long ago Bradley sat in their shoes, becoming one of the most dominant hitters Harrison Central has ever seen.
A third round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 MLB Draft, Bradley passed on a career at LSU to pursue his big league dreams, and in the years since, continues to climb the ranks. Bradley just wrapped his fifth professional season, and first in Triple A ball, capping it off with a spot on the Indians' 40-man roster.
“I got a call maybe a week before Thanksgiving, getting added to the 40-man roster," Bradley said. "It’s just a surreal experience, solidifying my dream. I have a good chance of becoming a big league player.”
And so, as Bradley moves that much closer to accomplishing his goals, he helps do the same for the Coast’s aspiring pro baseball players of tomorrow.
“My favorite part of the camp was meeting Bobby Bradley,” one attendee said.
“It was really cool to see a MLB player,” a fellow attendee agreed.
No matter how high Bobby Bradley may climb, the former Harrison Central standout will always look to pay it forward
“Just to be able to come back and share my story and just do this for the community is awesome. Always wanted to help out in the community and just be that positive influence for these kids.”