Aug 2, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielderJackie Bradley
Jr. (25) at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Sherman believes that the peach-growing state of Atlanta may be the place Bradley should be calling home, soon. “Bradley already was liked by the Braves even before their disappointing center fielder, Melvin Upton, went down until at least April with a foot injury.”
Once a promising prospect, Bradley was brought up to the big club in 2013 for a short stint and then in 2014 for 127 games. Both sessions were less than amazing at the plate, to say the least. Bradley hit .189 and .198, in respective seasons. Sherman stated that the Red Sox “will see if Bradley has been able to upgrade his offense to complement his already stellar defense.” Well, that better be including swings that bring down his strikeout total down. Bradley struck out 121 times to only 31 walks.
Being known as a fast runner, making incredible diving catches in the outfield, does not help much when you do not get on base. Bradley stole eight bases, but his on-base percentage was only .265.
The Braves may have shown interest in his services, especially with a need to fill a hole in their lineup. However, if Bradley cannot improve quickly, this spring, the Braves will have to look elsewhere for a center fielder whom is ready to play MLB games in April. Bradley’s destiny seems more likely to go to the minors to improve his hitting. If the Braves want someone for the farm system, then it would be more likely than for any immediate needs.