There has been a lot of buzz around the Boston Red Sox Spring Training camp about their rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., though Jonny Gomes tells the media and Boston fans to hold up on giving Jackie too much praise.
Some might thing that Gomes is getting nervous that Bradley Jr. might take playing time away from him, but that is not the case.
When the media looks to get insight from other Boston players about the Red Sox top prospect, Gomes tell them that he has not played that many games with Jackie. Most of the time Bradley goes into the game and Gomes goes out, so there hasn’t been that many times where the two of them took the field together.
Bradley Jr. has been making noise with his play on the field and even in their loss yesterday, he was able keep up his preseason batting average at .444.
Gomes spoke with ESPN’s Gordon Edes saying, “These guys come up, they do well in spring, they’re hitting pitchers here and they’re accustomed to hitting .400. You’re never going to hit .400. I’ve seen tons of dudes who’ve had lights-out springs and then it’s this and it’s that. Sometimes it’s vice versa, they have a lights-out spring, the season starts, and they keep running.”
Bradley Jr. does show great potential and could possibly be on the starting roster for Boston. Gomes should not worry too much on Jackie stealing his playing time, since Boston is dealing with some injuries to key players. David Ortiz, Stephen Drew, Franklin Morales, and Craig Breslow all look to be on the injured reserve list when Opening Day comes for the Red Sox in April.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell will be making their decision in the next few days on who will make the final roster cut.