At a certain point, enough is enough. At a certain point, if there is a team with ambitions to contend, for whom individual wins may matter, and there is a player who represents an obvious and dramatic upgrade over the alternative, it becomes almost impossible to keep him off the roster.
That’s where the Red Sox find themselves with Jackie Bradley Jr. Time after time, the Red Sox have thrown a new wrinkle at the 22-year-old to see if the outfielder would stumble. Seemingly every time, he’s responded in eye-opening fashion.
...“Even against a left-hander who has decent stuff, he takes a strike, he’s not afraid to hit deep in the count with two strikes and gets a breaking ball middle of the plate,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “And what was even more impressive I think, is after a day yesterday when some left-handers tied him up a little bit, he came back today against a left-hander with some quality stuff and put a good swing on the ball.”
Nothing new there, really. Bradley has performed at an absurd level this spring.
He’s hitting .444 with a .524 OBP. He’s almost never expanding the strike zone (with a brief exception in chasing some nasty left-on-left curveballs against the Phillies on Sunday). He’s playing impactful defense at all three outfield spots. He’s showing a great feel for the game.
Posted: March 26, 2013 at 05:41 AM | 36 comment(s)
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