Jackie Bradley Jr. is a name all Red Sox fans have been hearing about for about 2 years now. If you haven’t heard about him before this season then you had the opportunity to meet him on opening day as he was named starting left fielder on the Opening Day roster.
Allow me to properly introduce everyone to Jackie Bradley Junior, the future outfielder for the Boston Red Sox.
He has been called up, sent back down, called up, sent back down, called up and then sent back down yet again. It is just a matter of time before he takes his place in the dugout at Fenway on a day-to-day basis.
While in college his numbers were phenomenal, .349 in 2009 and .368 in 2010 and being named the College World Series most outstanding player in 2010. These attributes garnered him being drafted by the Red Sox in the 2011 supplemental first round draft as the 40th overall pick. Down in Single-A ball he hit .250 and then made his way up to Double-A where he hit .315 and was named Red Sox defensive player of the year in 2012. Entering the 2013 season Bradley was ranked number 32 on the top 100 prospects list.
Those minor league numbers doubled with his .419 batting average in Spring Training earned him a spot on the Opening Day roster while David Ortiz started the season on the DL. Unfortunately his minor league numbers have not translated well into the majors.
He has had 3 different stints in the majors this season and is currently playing back down in Pawtucket. In 58 games with Boston he is only hitting .155 with only 3 doubles and 2 homeruns, definitely not the same numbers we are accustomed to seeing out of the number 2 ranked prospect in the Red Sox farm system. His time in Pawtucket has seen the best of JBJ, where he has a .297 batting average, 18 doubles, and 7 homeruns in 45 games. His recent stint saw him go only 1 for 6 and has been sent back down before the All Star break in replacement for Drake Britton.
Eventually Jackie Bradley Jr. will make his home on the Boston Red Sox roster full-time but until then his small stints will have to do in order to satisfy our curiosity on how good this kid can really be. Let’s just hope that time is sooner rather than later and he doesn’t permanently suffer from big league jitters.