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J35J wrote:swyck wrote:J35J wrote:He doesn't really have a lot of a track record to go on so it's hard to say how well he'll do right out of the gates. Based on his limited minor league career and what he's done so far in spring...he knows his strike zone and should prove more useful in OBP leagues than AVG leagues.
I'm thinking maybe .265avg/10hr/15sb if he can get 400+AB and that's probably the top end I'd expect for this year, anything more is gravy.
If he produces at that rate IMO he doesn't get 400 AB.
I don't know...with a .265avg he could still be at a .350+OBP. And I haven't looked to see how his defense rates but if he's good there then I'd imagine the OBP will play well enough to approach 400AB. Either way, I'm not all that excited about him for this year...more of a keep an eye on and grab if he gets hot type of thing, or if you have injuries and you need to fill a hole.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will make his return to the major leagues Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Down a position player for a few days now, the Red Sox have called Bradley back up, optioning Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket.
It's been over a month since Bradley was sent back to the minor leagues following a disappointing major league debut. Though he was unable to capitalize on his spring training success while with the Sox, Bradley has regained all his momentum in the minors, even with some time off mixed in. He's hitting .360/.461/.547 for Pawtucket in 75 at bats, and is in the midst of a hitting streak that has made it to double-digits.
The question is how much of this will translate to the majors? Has Bradley figured out those inside pitches that so tormented him in April? One assumes that the Red Sox have not called him up to ride the pine--with Jonny Gomes struggling, Bradley will likely get some time in right field, allowing Daniel Nava to shift back to left.
Even if Bradley does well, the chances are he's headed right back to the minors once Shane Victorino is ready to return. The Sox have enough depth in the outfield as is if everyone's healthy. For now, though, he'll get a chance to prove that he's ready for the call-up whenever the Sox should need him.
As for Alex Wilson, the only reason he's headed down over the struggling Clayton Mortensen is a bad case of "having an option". The Red Sox are jealous with their players, sometimes to a fault. Hopefully given the sort of role Wilson and Mortensen have in the bullpen, it's a decision that will have little impact.
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