NEW YORK - Florida Southern College junior pitcher Cooper Bradford became the latest Moccasin to hear his name called in the MLB Draft when the Chicago White Sox selected the right-handed hurler with the third pick in the 13th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. Bradford is the 115th Moc to be selected in the MLB Draft, and his selection marks the sixth-straight year in which Florida Southern has had at least one player drafted.
This season with the Moccasins, Bradford started 14 games on the mound and recorded 89 strikeouts in just 80.2 innings of work. He posted a strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) ratio of 9.93 and finished sixth in the Sunshine State Conference in total strikeouts and fourth in K/9.
Bradford struck out seven or more batters in seven different games, including nine in an 8-2 win over Lynn (March 23). He also struck out nine in just six innings against Florida Tech (April 13) and fanned six against then No. 21 Nova Southeastern (April 27) and seven more against then No. 9 Tampa (May 11).
Since the inception of the MLB Draft in 1965, Southern has had at least one player selected each year with the exceptions of 1967, 1974, 2004, and 2013. Bradford is the 49th Moccasin to be selected in the top 15 rounds of the MLB Draft.