Bradley, a 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pounder went into Thursday’s games leading the Carolina League with a .367 average, having reached base in 33 of his last 34 games, including 29 in a row.
“That’s always good to hear, when something positive is said about you,’’ he said.
Bradley’s on-base streak was snapped last Thursday in a 2-0 win at Carolina that put Salem in first place in the Southern Division for the first time this season.
“I can only hope to keep it up,’’ he said. “It’s great to hear, but I’m not taking any days off. I’m still going at it like I know how, and that’s 100 percent.’’
Bradley has taken that aggressive approach at the plate, attaining a .495 on-base percentage, the best in all of minor league baseball.
“I’m just trying to see a lot of pitches,’’ Bradley said by phone from Salem, Va. “It’s a small league, so you get to see the same pitchers. So the more pitches you see, the more consistent you’ll be. I’ve been trying to work the count, not only for myself but also for my teammates, so they’ll have a good idea of what to do when they come to the plate. I just want to be the toughest out I can be to a pitcher.’’
Bradley owes his approach at the plate to an unusual mind-set.
“I’m very comfortable being behind in the count, with two strikes,’’ he said. “It really doesn’t bother me going straight to 0-and-2. I feel like I have the confidence and the discipline to work myself back to a favorable count.
“If a pitcher makes a mistake, it’s better for me.’’
In 39 games, Bradley had 37 runs on 51 hits - including 15 doubles, 2 triples, and 3 home runs - with 24 RBIs. He walked 34 times and struck out 24.
“I honestly don’t know what their plans are, whether it’s development, I don’t know,’’ he said. “I haven’t been given a timetable or anything like that.
“No matter what happens, nothing is a surprise to me. I feel like being surprised by something is just a lack of preparation. So I’m prepared for anything they want to do with me.’’