There have been reports that Jackie Bradley Jr. is already down in Fort Myers working out and getting in shape for the upcoming 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox. That is incredibly impressive when you consider that pitchers and catchers aren’t even due to report for weeks yet and the rest of the position players aren’t due until well after that.
That should show how determined Bradley is to land the center fielder job vacated by Jacoby Ellsbury. While Bradley was the talk of Spring Training last year, once the regular season started, you could tell that he was overmatched at the plate, especially when it came to getting pitched near the inside of the plate. He needed to be sent down to Pawtucket and work on a few adjustments. Every time that Bradley came back up, you could see steady improvement. There has never been a doubt about his glove, he is absolutely major-league ready right now. However, it is Bradley’s bat that a lot of people have questions about.
The other thing that he apparently is going to be working on this spring is his baserunning. He has about average speed, but his baseball instincts are so good that he could probably steal double digit bases just by using his intelligence and paying attention to the pitcher and catcher.
It seems as though Bradley is definitely going to be a fan favorite and a player who could have a very long and successful career, just for the simple fact that he is going to work as hard as he can at the game. Great players tend to do that.
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