Bradshaw is in his fourth season as the Naturals' hitting coach after spending the previous five years with the Triple-A hitters at Omaha where he played in 1998. A former outfielder, Bradshaw had a 10-year playing career and was in the Majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995-96.
Coolbaugh, a longtime Minor League player, was killed when struck by a batted ball while coaching first base for Tulsa in a Texas League game on July 22, 2007. The award goes to an individual who has shown an outstanding work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players.
The league commended Bradshaw for consistently helping young hitters adjust to Double-A and advance to Triple-A. A notable example this year was Wil Myers, who hit .343 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs in 35 games for the Naturals, then went to Omaha to continue a successful season.
Current Royals that Bradshaw has coached include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Jarrod Dyson and Johnny Giavotella.