Jackie Bradley Jr. was one of the last roster cuts made by the Boston Red Sox during Spring Training. Grady Sizemore was playing an incredible center field and it was decided that there was no way possible to keep both players. Bradley was the odd man out and down to Pawtucket he went.
At the very last minute, Shane Victorino went down with a pulled hamstring and started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Bradley found himself heading up north with the rest of the Red Sox. The times that he has been in the lineup, he has definitely shown that he is meant to be a good major league ballplayer. As a matter of fact, Boston may have some tough decisions when Victorino comes back, because Bradley has played that well.
As expected, Bradley hasn’t missed a beat defensively. As a matter of fact, in terms of his glove, he has made some plays that perhaps even Victorino wouldn’t have made. Bradley gets such incredible reads on a ball that he makes a difficult catch look easy. There didn’t seem to be much of a doubt about his defense. The concern was his offense.
He has looked very comfortable so far this season and probably the best he has ever looked in his brief major league career. Batting in the ninth spot recently, he produced with two outs which is something Boston has been lacking in so far this season. He has done everything that has been asked of him in his role.
Bradley is playing himself right into the lineup, and Boston could have a lot of difficulty taking him out — if they do it at all.