Bradley Jr., Jackie- #25
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Size: 5'10", 195 lbs
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (40th pick) of the 2011 amateur draft
Contract: $490,000 (Arb-2017, FA-2020)
Comments: Bradley Jr. exploded onto the scene last year with a torrid Spring Training performance which was enough to earn him a roster spot with the club. He struggled with the bat to a tune of a 69 OPS+ in 107 PAs but showed enough in his limited time that Sox fans shouldn't be worried with his development. His slow start was a blessing in disguise because the club sent him back to AAA which re-set his clock back for another year even though they used up one of his options. Bradley is a plus defender who relies less on pure speed like his predecessor but more on instincts and proper positioning. He has enough speed to have decent range and he may even steal 10-15 bases over a full season thanks to his advanced baseball I.Q. Bradley is a patient hitter with some line-drive power and although he doesn't posses 20+ HR potential, he has enough pop to knock out double-digit homers yearly. The Sox are hoping that he can man CF for years to come and eventualy move into the lead-off spot in the lineup where he can use his patient approach to get on base in front of the rest of the lineup. Bradley, along with Bogaerts are two parts of the Sox future and Sox fans hope that duo is together up the middle for the foreseeable future.
- Bradley was drafted out of the University of South Carolina where he was part of the back to back National Title teams of 2010 and 2011. HE was named the tournament's most outstanding player in 2010.
- Bradley hit is first career ML homerun in the 17-5 blowout of Texas on June 4th of last year.
- Before each at bat, Bradley writes "M.S." in the dirt in honor of his friend Matt Saye who died in a car accident. (This came from his Wikipedia page)
Season Outlook: Jackie Bradley Jr. (JBJ) looks to open the season manning the CF spot for the club and batting lower in the order (most likely the #9 slot). He offers the club a solid defender in the very important CF position and should his bat hold up, he'll be a solid major league regular for quite some time. He doesn't have the overall superstar potential that teammate Bogaerts possesses but looks to be a major contributor to the club's future. With some improvement at the plate one can envision JBJ as the club's leadoff hitter in the very near future.