As a baseball professional, Joel Bradley worked as an international scout with the Baltimore Orioles from 2012-2018. Hired by the Orioles top baseball executive, Dan Duquette (Brewers, Expos, Red Sox, and Orioles) in 2011 as an associate, he was assigned to the tutelage of legendary scout, Fred “Shark of the Caribbean” Ferreira (Angels, Yankees, Reds, Expos, Marlins and Orioles).
In 2012, Joel became one of two full-time international scouts with the Orioles. His travels and evaluations in Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean led to the signing of over 40 players to Orioles contracts including (OF/RHP) Dariel Alvarez, (RHP) Ofelky Peralta, (LHP) Cesar Angomas, and (OF) Juan Diego Montes. Bradley helped contribute to the resurgence of Baltimore from 2012 to 2017, a window which witnessed the Orioles owning the best record in Major League Baseball at 444-366 (.548) despite playing 36 games per season against the super clubs of the American League East that perennially have more resources.
Originally from Texas, Joel played football and baseball in high school and later played basketball and baseball in college. He was named first-team all-conference as a RHP in 1981 at Cedar Valley College in Dallas County before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington.
In 1985, Joel moved to Miami, Florida and began coaching youth baseball and football. By 2000, he and his family relocated to Broward County where he subsequently became the pitching coach at Deerfield Beach High School in 2001. While at Deerfield Beach he helped the Bucs to its first ever 20-win season which culminated with its first district championship behind two future Major League pitchers, Mike Fiers (Brewers, Astros, Tigers and A’s) and Mickey Storey (A’s, Astros and Blue Jays).
He later helped construct pitching programs at 5 additional high schools as either pitching coach or head coach including a stop at District champion Douglas High where he assisted a young left handed pitcher Anthony Rizzo (1B) Chicago Cubs. His impact in Broward baseball circles includes past work developing travel baseball programs in Miramar, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coral Springs, Parkland and Hollywood. Other players he has coached include Aramis Garcia(C) of the SF Giants, Brian Gonzalez (LHP) Baltimore Orioles, Harvard University (RHP) Buddy Hayward, University of Central Florida (RHP) Jordan Spicer, Drew University (LHP) Davis Fouts, Florida Southwestern State College (RHP) Thomas Haggerty and Gary Mattis Jr. (SS) at Arizona Gateway CC. His current group of prep stars include Andy Painter (RHP) Calvary Christian, Julian Gonzalez (3B/RHP) American Heritage Plantation, Alexander Wertman (3B/RHP) University School, Matt McGrann (RHP) Coral Springs Charter and Justin Webster (RHP) West Broward.
Bradley also coached football at Taravella High School in Coral Springs, Everglades High School in Miramar, and Coral Springs Christian Academy in Coral Springs. In 2005, as head defensive coordinator he helped lead Coral Springs Christian Academy to its first playoff appearance after going 7-3. His defense was ranked second in the county for private school rankings and is credited with the most forced turnovers in school history.
His success as a coach led him to opportunities working with diverse communities. As a classroom instructor, Joel taught English I and English II as well as English Honors and Reading from 2002 until 2009 at five schools in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
In 2010, Bradley became the head pitching coach at Broward College and helped the Seahawks with improved ERA’s and WHIP totals as well as increased velocities and a winning record.
He co-founded International Baseball Partners (IBP) with his partner Mike Powers in 2015, a Florida corporation with designs to create and manage baseball leagues, stadiums and advanced media opportunities around the world. His creativity and vision led to the formation of Project 421, International Player Option Contracts, and Tier 2 and 3 baseball league formations in Chile and Argentina.
Bradley has a B.A. English Degree from the University of Miami. He has worked in the financial services profession having held licenses in Real Estate, Mortgage, Series 3, Series 30, Life, Health and Variable Annuities.