On Opening Day many eyes were looking at Jackie Bradley Jr. to see how he would perform for the Boston Red Sox. The rookie was going up against their biggest rival in the New York Yankees. Not only was he having to make his debut against the Yankees, he was going to face New York ace C.C. Sabathia.
So how did he do you might ask. One game in it looks like Bradley can hold his own. Granted it is only one game and there are many to be played, but the future does look promising for the rookie. He did his part to help the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-2.
He did show off his defensive skills in a few instances. What looked like a ball that would have flown over his head, Bradley was able to get back in enough time to make the crucial out to save any runs from being scored.
One the offensive side he did not get any hits, but he did walk three times in the game and scored twice. He did get a RBI when he grounded to the infield and Will Middlebrooks scored.
The rookie also showed off his middle-of-the-road demeanor when he was behind the count a few times during the game. One of the attributes that Red Sox manager John Farrell likes about Bradley is that he doesn’t get too high or too low. That was one of the things that Farrell saw in the Jackie during Spring Training.
Excelling in the preseason is one thing, but the regular season is another thing. He will continued to be watched in the next few weeks to see if he can live up to the hype. Today saw him take one step in the right direction.