Red Sox Pawtucket Prospect watch

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Mar 31, 2015; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder

Jackie Bradley

Jr. (25) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The sad tale of Jackie Bradley. The wunderkind who sparkled in spring training a few seasons ago only to implode. The stats are well documented with an MLB slash line of .196/.268/.280 and a swing with more holes in it than a prairie dog colony.

Bradley is not a good outfielder, nor a great one – he is a premier one. In center field you look for the ability to close the gaps, charge the ball, go back on the ball, have a strong-arm and lastly an accurate arm. The five tool defensive folder. Bradley has it. But what about the bat?

Bradley, who has never hit .300 at Portland or Pawtucket, is currently slashing .290/.364/.377 with 12 strikeouts in 69 at bats. The strikeouts are down and the contact is up. If Bradley can ever hover in the .275 range he would certainly have value for Boston or another team. The long term is what will his stat line look like in June?