Jackie Bradley Jr. Will Start in Left Field for Boston Red Sox on Opening Day
All of Red Sox Nation were waiting to hear whether or not their star prospect outfielder would be starting the season with Triple-A Pawtucket or if he would get the shot at playing with the big league club. It was worth the wait, as Jackie Bradley Jr. will break camp with the major league team.
Bradley was invited to Red Sox spring training as a non-roster invitee and used the time at major league camp to show the team’s front office and coaching staff, he can play the game of baseball well. The outfielder finished spring training with a .419 batting average, two home runs, 12 RBI, two stolen bases and 13 runs over 28 games.
The highly touted prospect has obviously played well enough during spring training to make most teams and the Red Sox believe he is ready enough to get the call. He has played well enough to not only get the call, but the team is putting him out there on opening day in left field. The 22-year-old will play his first major league game against the Red Sox rival Yankees.
Jose Iglesias will also start for the Red Sox on opening day. Stephen Drew is still recovering from his spring training concussion and was place on the seven-day disabled list. Iglesias will start at shortstop on Monday and the foreseeable future, there is not telling how long it will take Drew to return from his injury.
It is nice to see some excitement from Red Sox fans surrounding the team, after such a disappointing 2012 season. The injection of youth into the roster is pushing people to watch the team this April, as fans hope the team can be better than last season.