clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Red Sox minor lines: Is it time to give Jackie Bradley Jr. another shot?

New, comments

Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting the ball again. It might be nothing. It's probably nothing. But the Red Sox owe it to themselves to find out if he's for real.

Pawtucket W 6-5

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2-5, 2B, HR
Rusney Castillo: 2-5, 2B, K
Travis Shaw: 2-4
Garin Cecchini: 1-4, 3 K
Deven Marrero: 1-4, 2 K
Sean Coyle: 0-4, K

Keith Couch: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Noe Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

At this point, the Red Sox really owe it to themselves to see if Jackie Bradley Jr.'s resurgence at Triple-A will translate at all to the majors or not. He's hitting .347/.398/.474 in 95 at bats this year after falling completely flat in 2014 when it wasn't working for him at any level. This game is filled with players who can mash at Triple-A and will never perform in the majors, and it would come as no surprise if Bradley turned out to just be another addition to their endless ranks. But it's worth finding out.

It just may have to take a back seat to getting Rusney up now that he's playing (and hitting) again.

Portland L 4-5

Keury De La Cruz: 1-5, K

Salem L 1-2 (In 10)

Manuel Margot: 0-4, 2 K
Sam Travis: 0-4

Manuel Margot's slump did not need a night seemingly devoid of offense from both teams.

Greenville L 5-7 (In 11)

Nick Longhi: 1-4, BB, 2 K
Michael Chavis: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 K

Michael Kopech: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Not a great night from Kopech, obviously, but a curious decision to pull him. I guess with 66 pitches on his arm in such a short period, they erred on the side of caution. Probably for the best.