In my last article I pulled out two Red Sox players and dissected what I have seen. As they’ve gotten further into Spring Training, with more games played, it’s time to pull a couple of more players out of the pile and see where they stand.
Though the Sox themselves haven’t faired well this Spring, there are players that have either shined or fallen flat for their team. Here is one of each in comparison.
Jackie Bradley Jr. : The future is supposed to be bright for the Red Sox #2 prospect. Last season Jackie hit so well he forced his way onto the team out of Spring Training. During the regular season he struggled at the plate but that was expected for the 23 year old. We all expected Jacoby Ellsbury to sign elsewhere this past offseason but we also expected Bradley Jr. to take over the position going forward. Instead the Sox decided to bring in veteran Grady Sizemore for competition (we assume). I’m not sure if Jackie felt as though the job was his to lose but when the Sox added Sizemore he may have felt he had no chance and that is why he’s hitting so poorly this spring. Either way he isn’t taking advantage of the opportunity at all. As always his defense is second to none but he must string together some good at bats, increasing his batting average or he’ll find himself back in Pawtucket.
Stats: .190AVG, .261OBP, .499OPS
Bryce Brentz: Talk about the opposite of Bradley Jr., as Brentz has taken advantage of his opportunity in everyway. To the point where people are talking about; “How we can get Brentz in our everyday lineup? and who would have to go?”
This spring so far he has hit for a .400AVG, .455OBP and a 1.305OPS and 3 H.R.’s in 8 games.
Bryce is the #9 prospect in the Sox system. He is a corner outfielder that possesses real power potential. Though he has a “plus” throwing arm he is known more for his power hitting abilities then anything else. If the Red Sox decided to keep him on the big league roster it could spell the end of players like Gomes or Nava. In my opinion and despite his solid spring numbers, he will be sent back to Pawtucket when it’s all said and done. Until then, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for another crushed ball.
Until the next time, enjoy the Sun and watch our Red Sox continue to progress through the Spring. Go Sox!