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2013 Fantasy Baseball: OF Jackie Bradley Jr. Already Having Impact With Boston Red Sox

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day, everyone expected it to be a high scoring affair. However, not many people thought the Sox would be doing most of the scoring.

The heated rivalry game seemed more like a one-sided beating in the 8-2 Sox victory. Boston looked healthier, more confident, and more importantly, looked younger.

One of the Bo Sox young fantasy baseball stars that shined was OF Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley was the catalyst for the Bo Sox. The box score may have reflected a 0-2 day, but his numbers went much deeper than that.

The 22-year-old drew three walks in the game, which was one less than the entire Yankees team. Bradley drew a hard fought walk during his first at-bat against C. C. Sabathia after being behind in the count 0-2. It was certainly a sign of things to come for Bradley.

JBJ also scored two runs in the 6-run rout. He showed that he can be a true asset on the bases and will be a steady source of runs for fantasy owners this season. Bradley showed his true skill set in the game and will most likely be moved up from the eight spot.

As if he didn’t do enough, the youngster made the catch of the year in the outfield. In the third inning, Bradley made a running circus catch to take a potential extra-base hit away from superstar Robinson Cano, and the grab showed that the kid can do more than hit.

Bradley is one of the prized outfield prospects not named Oscar Taveras or Adam Eaton. Bradley may be a couple years away from hitting his true potential, but this kid has the making to be a superstar fantasy outfielder.

Lock him up now in dynasty leagues while you still can.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.