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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
6 2497 .238 .317 .407 90 10.6
Birth Date4-19-1990
Height5' 10"
Weight200 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 30 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.72014
1.42015
4.72016
1.22017
2.02018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 BOS 23 37 107 18 5 0 3 10 31 2 2 0 .189 .280 .337 74 -2.7 -2.2 -1.0 -0.3
2014 BOS 24 127 423 76 19 2 1 31 121 5 8 0 .198 .265 .266 60 -17.3 0.4 20.3 1.7
2015 BOS 25 74 255 55 17 4 10 27 69 3 3 0 .249 .335 .498 92 -1.2 2.0 6.8 1.4
2016 BOS 26 156 636 149 30 7 26 63 143 10 9 2 .267 .349 .486 114 13.8 3.0 9.1 4.7
2017 BOS 27 133 541 118 19 3 17 48 124 9 8 3 .245 .323 .402 94 -1.5 3.8 -7.4 1.2
2018 BOS 28 144 535 111 33 4 13 46 137 11 17 1 .234 .314 .403 88 -5.7 2.5 6.5 2.0
Career6712497527123207022562540476.238.317.40791-14.69.534.310.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2011 GRN A 4 15 .224 .315 .346 .364 109 0.6 0.4 0 101 6 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1
2011 LOW A- 6 25 .260 .323 .361 .250 102 -0.8 0.7 0 92 3 -0.8 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1
2012 SLM A+ 67 304 .259 .332 .390 .407 97 35.4 9.1 0.8 151 2 -2.6 0.3 20.1 2.8
2012 PME AA 61 271 .255 .326 .393 .316 105 8.7 7.5 -0.4 117 1 -2.2 -2.4 6.6 1.0
2013 BOS MLB 37 107 .261 .324 .423 .246 102 -2.4 2.8 -0.1 74 20 -1.0 -2.2 -2.7 -0.3
2013 PAW AAA 80 374 .257 .328 .387 .331 100 17 10.7 -0.9 118 1 4.9 0.1 9.1 2.4
2014 BOS MLB 127 423 .252 .313 .388 .284 102 -24.5 10.9 0.7 60 17 20.3 0.4 -17.3 1.7
2014 PAW AAA 14 69 .254 .324 .375 .277 92 -5.9 2.1 0.2 73 4 1.6 0.3 -2.2 0.2
2015 BOS MLB 74 255 .251 .311 .404 .310 109 5.1 6.9 -1.2 92 16 6.8 2.0 -1.2 1.4
2015 PAW AAA 71 318 .259 .323 .371 .336 91 20 8.8 0.5 125 1 -2.0 -0.2 10.3 1.8
2016 BOS MLB 156 636 .255 .319 .422 .312 112 8.6 18.0 1.6 114 12 9.1 3.0 13.8 4.7
2017 BOS MLB 133 541 .254 .321 .422 .294 104 -1.8 15.8 1.4 94 15 -7.4 3.8 -1.5 1.2
2017 PAW AAA 2 7 .275 .346 .450 .000 110 0.5 0.2 0 117 6 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.0
2018 BOS MLB 144 535 .252 .321 .418 .299 106 -3 15.0 0.8 88 13 6.5 2.5 -5.7 2.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2011 LOW A- 25 21 5 4 0 0 0 4 0 4 5 0 2 .190 .320 .190 .000 0 0
2011 GRN A 15 15 2 5 1 0 1 9 3 0 3 0 0 .333 .333 .600 .267 0 0
2012 PME AA 271 229 37 62 16 2 6 100 29 35 49 8 3 .271 .373 .437 .166 3 0
2012 SLM A+ 304 234 53 84 26 2 3 123 34 52 40 16 6 .359 .480 .526 .167 8 0
2013 PAW AAA 374 320 57 88 26 3 10 150 35 41 75 7 7 .275 .374 .469 .194 1 2
2013 BOS MLB 107 95 18 18 5 0 3 32 10 10 31 2 0 .189 .280 .337 .147 0 0
2014 PAW AAA 69 66 6 14 1 0 1 18 5 3 18 0 1 .212 .246 .273 .061 0
2014 BOS MLB 423 384 45 76 19 2 1 102 30 31 121 8 0 .198 .265 .266 .068 2
2015 BOS MLB 255 221 43 55 17 4 10 110 43 27 69 3 0 .249 .335 .498 .249 3 1
2015 PAW AAA 318 282 38 86 18 1 9 133 29 30 44 4 4 .305 .382 .472 .167 0 1
2016 BOS MLB 636 558 94 149 30 7 26 271 87 63 143 9 2 .267 .349 .486 .219 5 0
2017 BOS MLB 541 482 58 118 19 3 17 194 63 48 124 8 3 .245 .323 .402 .158 2 0
2017 PAW AAA 7 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 2 2 0 0 .200 .429 .800 .600 0 0
2018 BOS MLB 535 474 76 111 33 4 13 191 59 46 137 17 1 .234 .314 .403 .169 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 430 0.4744 0.4349 0.7326 0.6078 0.2788 0.8306 0.5397 0.2674 -0.0048
2014 1639 0.5162 0.4613 0.7288 0.6111 0.3014 0.7911 0.5941 0.2712 -0.0043
2015 1053 0.4653 0.4349 0.6943 0.6184 0.2753 0.7525 0.5806 0.3057 0.0031
2016 2475 0.4739 0.4513 0.7314 0.6095 0.3088 0.8042 0.6020 0.2686 0.0000
2017 2042 0.4838 0.4657 0.7024 0.6609 0.2827 0.7718 0.5503 0.2976 0.0000
2018 2166 0.4765 0.4700 0.6916 0.6793 0.2795 0.7632 0.5331 0.3084 0.0000
Career98050.48270.45760.71220.63680.29070.78180.56970.2878-0.0006

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-20 2014-03-21 Camp 1 0 Right Thumb Laceration - -
2013-05-04 2013-05-17 Minors 13 0 Right Upper Arm Inflammation Biceps - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $8,550,000
2018 BOS $6,100,000
2017 BOS $3,600,000
2016 BOS $546,500
2015 BOS $
2014 BOS $502,000
2013 BOS $490,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$11,238,500
2018Current$8,550,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$19,788,500
6 yrTotal$19,788,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 150 dBoras Corp.1 year/$8.55M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$8.55M (2019). Re-signed by Boston 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$6.1M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.6M (2017). Re-signed by Boston 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5465M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.528M (2015). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • 1 year/$0.502M (2014). Re-signed by Boston 3/7/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Contract purchased by Boston 3/31/13.
  • Drafted by Boston 2011 (1s-40) (South Carolina). $1.1M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 576 75 140 30 5 18 72 57 130 9 3 .276 .358 .462 .285 29.0 CF -5 2.4
80o 561 71 131 28 4 17 68 54 129 8 3 .264 .346 .440 .275 23.3 CF -5 1.9
70o 550 68 126 27 4 16 65 51 129 8 2 .258 .337 .428 .268 19.4 CF -4 1.5
60o 541 66 121 26 4 15 63 49 128 7 2 .252 .330 .416 .262 16.1 CF -4 1.2
50o 532 63 117 25 4 15 60 47 127 7 2 .247 .324 .411 .256 13.2 CF -4 0.9
40o 523 61 112 24 4 14 58 46 126 7 2 .239 .315 .397 .251 10.4 CF -4 0.7
30o 514 59 107 23 3 14 56 44 125 7 2 .233 .308 .387 .245 7.4 CF -4 0.4
20o 503 56 102 22 3 13 54 42 124 6 2 .226 .300 .374 .238 4.0 CF -4 0.1
10o 488 53 94 20 3 12 50 39 123 6 2 .214 .285 .355 .228 -0.3 CF -4 -0.4
Weighted Mean5336411725415614812772.246.325.411.25713.6CF -41.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201929501631072331660491226.243.327.415.2541.214.32.31.613.4-3.1-3.0
202030504641072331662501285.242.327.420.2561.314.92.21.513.5-2.3-3.0
202131503631082331660491273.241.325.411.2521.112.92.11.313.5-4.1-3.0
20223244054922021452421132.238.322.406.2500.810.21.81.011.8-4.5-2.6
20233340249831821246391041.234.319.397.2480.68.01.60.810.8-5.2-2.4
2024343854881172124638980.239.325.408.2520.89.31.60.710.3-3.4-2.3
2025353614576162114335920.238.321.405.2500.67.81.50.59.7-3.9-2.1
2026363444271152104033890.235.319.399.2470.56.51.40.49.2-4.5-2.0
2027373233967142103731840.234.317.396.2460.45.51.30.38.7-4.7-1.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 88 Nate McLouth 2010 ?
2 88 Desmond Jennings 2015 ?
3 87 Milton Bradley 2006 ?
4 85 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 ?
5 85 Aaron Rowand 2006 ?
6 84 Angel Pagan 2010 ?
7 84 Curtis Granderson 2009 ?
8 84 Travis Snider 2016 ? DNP
9 84 Josh Reddick 2015 ?
10 83 David DeJesus 2008 ?
11 83 Ben Francisco 2010 ?
12 83 Leonys Martin 2016 ?
13 83 Ryan Langerhans 2008 ?
14 83 Jeremy Hermida 2012 ?
15 83 Domonic Brown 2016 ? DNP
16 83 Cody Ross 2009 ?
17 83 Bill Hall 2008 ?
18 83 Roger Bernadina 2012 ?
19 82 Michael Cuddyer 2007 ?
20 82 Kole Calhoun 2016 ?
21 82 Xavier Nady 2007 ?
22 82 Dexter Fowler 2014 ?
23 82 Jose Bautista 2009 ?
24 82 Jake Smolinski 2017 ?
25 82 A.J. Pollock 2016 ?
26 82 David Murphy 2010 ?
27 82 Jed Lowrie 2012 ?
28 82 Michael Saunders 2015 ?
29 81 Chris Young 2012 ?
30 81 Juan Rivera 2007 ?
31 81 Peter Bourjos 2015 ?
32 81 Lonnie Chisenhall 2017 ?
33 81 Jackie Jensen 1955 ?
34 81 Austin Jackson 2015 ?
35 81 Andy Dirks 2014 ? DNP
36 81 Bernie Williams 1997 ?
37 81 Kevin Mench 2006 ?
38 81 Ken Henderson 1974 ?
39 81 Hank Conger 2016 ?
40 80 Trevor Plouffe 2014 ?
41 80 Jon Jay 2013 ?
42 80 David Peralta 2016 ?
43 80 Jayson Nix 2011 ?
44 80 Mitch Moreland 2014 ?
45 80 Chili Davis 1988 ?
46 80 Chris Coghlan 2013 ?
47 80 Brian Anderson 2010 ? DNP
48 80 Chase Headley 2012 ?
49 80 Nick Swisher 2009 ?
50 80 Todd Frazier 2014 ?
51 80 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2016 ?
52 80 Ryan Church 2007 ?
53 80 Mitch Webster 1987 ?
54 80 Ty Wigginton 2006 ?
55 80 Cameron Maybin 2015 ?
56 79 Seth Smith 2011 ?
57 79 Sean Rodriguez 2013 ?
58 79 Roberto Perez 2017 ?
59 79 Khalil Greene 2008 ?
60 79 Carlos Beltran 2005 ?
61 79 Justin Smoak 2015 ?
62 79 Alex Gordon 2012 ?
63 79 Brad Hawpe 2007 ?
64 79 Dusty Baker 1977 ?
65 79 Joe Crede 2006 ?
66 79 Ruppert Jones 1983 ?
67 79 Devin Mesoraco 2016 ?
68 79 Neil Walker 2014 ?
69 79 Dustin Ackley 2016 ?
70 79 Shane Victorino 2009 ?
71 79 Chris Snyder 2009 ?
72 79 Casey McGehee 2011 ?
73 79 Gary Thomasson 1980 ?
74 79 Luis Valbuena 2014 ?
75 79 Tyler Colvin 2014 ?
76 79 Daryl Boston 1991 ?
77 79 Irv Noren 1953 ?
78 79 Vernon Wells 2007 ?
79 79 Ryan Garko 2009 ?
80 79 Melvin Upton 2013 ?
81 79 Bobby Crosby 2008 ?
82 79 Travis Buck 2012 ?
83 79 Corey Hart 2010 ?
84 78 Brennan Boesch 2013 ?
85 78 Dave May 1972 ?
86 78 Chris Duncan 2009 ?
87 78 Logan Forsythe 2015 ?
88 78 Fred Lewis 2009 ?
89 78 Austin Kearns 2008 ?
90 78 Lloyd Moseby 1988 ?
91 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 ?
92 78 Bob Brower 1988 ?
93 78 Larry Bigbie 2006 ?
94 78 Matt Den Dekker 2016 ?
95 78 Carl Everett 1999 ?
96 78 Lorenzo Cain 2014 ?
97 78 Kevin Youkilis 2007 ?
98 78 Coco Crisp 2008 ?
99 78 Oddibe McDowell 1991 ? DNP
100 78 Ray Lankford 1995 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .246 .320 .376 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .257 .342 .493 ?
11 vs U (Multi) 1.000 1.000 1.000 ?
18 Split (Multi) .011 .022 .116 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 ?
30 vs L (2016) .239 .309 .356 ?
31 vs R (2016) .277 .363 .538 ?
31 vs U (2016) 1.000 1.000 1.000 ?
38 Split (2016) .037 .054 .182 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Back in 2016, we wrote that Bradley’s inconsistency made it hard to properly evaluate him as a hitter. Fast-forward two years and that streakiness has become his defining offensive quality. Bradley hit .283/.355/.439 in June, July and August. He also hit .217/.317/.417 in April and May, then .172/.328/.280 in September, because he’s Jackie Bradley. With some players, you can tell when they’re about to get hot. They’ll hit the ball the other way, or swing earlier in the count, or jump on hanging breakers, etc. Good luck finding a pattern with Bradley; he simply is and isn’t a good hitter at any interchangeable moment, a sort of Schrödinger's offensive threat. When you add up his outstanding glove and his hot streaks, Bradley still ends up being a fairly valuable player. But he gets so cold it’s a wonder little blue mountains don’t start glowing on his jersey, and when that happens, boy is Bradley tough to watch.
2017 Bradley hit .381 in May and .218 in June, and that's a feature, not a bug. He’s got more streaks than a zebra, more momentum shifts than a pendulum. He’s hotter and colder than a Katy Perry song. When Bradley is on, like during his 29-game hitting streak, he is one of the best players in the majors, combining a patient approach and plus power at the plate with all-world defense in center. When Bradley is off, he barely belongs in a lineup, marrying strikeouts and weak contact with, well, all-world defense in center, but let’s nitpick and mention some airmailed throws. Watching Bradley is a joy, and watching Bradley is incredibly frustrating. Watching Bradley is witnessing a down-ballot MVP candidate one moment and a ninth-place hitter the next. Watching Bradley is...oh god, watching Bradley is like watching Clay Buchholz.
2016 That may be Bradley's 2015 triple-slash line, but it's rarely the type of hitter he truly represents. Sometimes, like in August when he hit .354/.429/.734, Bradley looks like an offensive force few predicted he could become even as a high-profile prospect. More often, like in September when he hit .216/.308/.431, he still appears to be utterly incompetent. Bradley has nearly 800 career PA, but it's hard to figure out exactly who he is. He remains a generational defensive talent and he showed surprising pop last year... but he's just soooo bad sometimes. Is he Mike Cameron without speed? Fred Lynn with a crappy average? Or maybe just Juan Lagares with a better draft pedigree? We don't know yet, but if Bradley takes as big a leap forward in 2016 as he did in 2015, he's a uniquely valuable asset. And hey, if there's anything JBJ excels at, it's his irreproachable first step.
2015 After watching years of baseball, one gains a sense as to when a batted ball should be caught, could be caught or won't be caught. Throw all of that out the window with Bradley; he catches balls your brain tells you will fall in for hits, and he does so with what looks like a profound lack of urgency. Indeed, Bradley's diving plays often aren't his best. Rather, it's the plays in which he perfectly syncs himself with a ball's flight path, as though via GPS, and tracks down liners you were sure were going to fall for extra-base hits. His jumps are so good it looks like he's reacting to premonitions, and he has enough speed to cover decent ground. When you couple those traits with his plus-plus arm, you get a potentially generational talent in center field.

Yet while Bradley Jr.'s defense wows like a Michael Bay action sequence, his at-bats are like a Michael Bay plot. An adjustment to his swing in July allowed him to hit .339/.391/.424 over an 18-game span, but that was the lone offensive bright spot in his 2014 season. Shortly after a demotion to Triple-A in August, reports surfaced that the Red Sox viewed Bradley as stubborn and unwilling to change his approach. That flies in the face of his reputation as a high-makeup prospect, but would help explain how Bradley remained so awful at the plate for so long.

It will be a tremendous shame if Bradley's bat robs fans of the chance to watch him roam the outfield on a daily basis, because Bradley is a truly breathtaking defender in center field. But as of now, he's hopeless against left-handed pitchers and anyone with a half-decent breaking ball. His dazzling defensive displays don't absolve him of all offensive responsibility. They do give him a much longer leash than most, thank heavens.

2014 Bradley's huge spring gave the uninitiated the wrong impression, as he's not a power-hitting center fielder who will perfectly replace Jacoby Ellsbury. Bradley plays Gold Glove-caliber defense, but he's not a burner on the basepaths, and his game is more about patience and walks than anything. This isn't a bad thing, as he's the kind of player who could make an all-star team or two in his day. While he needs to work on hitting low, inside fastballs, he's a complete enough package to start in the majors on Opening Day, and that's all Boston needs at this early stage of his career.
2013 Many things stick out about Bradley, from his tremendous plate discipline to his plus bat speed and excellent makeup, but perhaps the most intriguing aspect of his game is his defense in center field. He doesnt possess otherworldly speed, but his instincts are so good that the end-product would be above average in the majors right now. While he has some trouble against left-handers and his production tailed off at the end of the year, neither is particularly unusual for players in their first full year in pro ball. If Jacoby Ellsbury leaves town, Bradley will be the expected replacement. A major-league debut in 2013 isnt out of the question.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to choose 3 of these guys to keep in my OBP Keeper League: Addison Russell, Jackie Bradley (his CF eligibility makes him more valuable in my league), Hanley Ramirez, Gerrit Cole, Alex Reyes, Danny Salazar. Any suggestions?
(mattstupp from NYC)
Russell, Hanley and Reyes (by a nose over Cole). (Bret Sayre)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Jackie Bradley? Is he now one of the top hitting outfielders in MLB?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Bradley has certainly been hitting the ball with much more authority. He's been striking out less often as well. But let's see him do this for a longer period of time before we start anointing him. It's certainly been one hell of a show. (Nicolas Stellini)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Lately during the final weeks of this year, Mookie Betts has been playing RF with Bradley in CF. Do you see that as the norm next year?
(Jake from Boston)
If you believe Jackie Bradley can hit enough to warrant serious playing time he should get the start over Mookie Betts in center and the Red Sox have one of the best defensive outfields in baseball. I need to see more from him before I get on the Jackie Bradley Jr. boat again. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know that over time these things take of themselves, but who is the Red Sox CF of the future in your eyes- Margot or Benintendi?
(Steve from Newport (RI))
I would say Margot is the better prospect, but Benintendi probably has the higher floor, so...I'll say Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)How does the Red Sox outfield eventually shake out?
(Chris from Florida)
Ramirez in left, Betts in center, and Castillo in right. I mean, how else could it shake out? They gave Ramirez a four year deal, they gave Castillo a six year deal, and Betts is Mookie!. There's no space for anyone else in the long run. For now, Victorino is here and healthy, but both those things will change soon enough. It's kind of sad how Jackie Bradley messed up his opportunity so badly, but he'll get another one with another team at some point in the next calendar year. (Matthew Kory)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff - What kind of hope should Twins fans have with Aaron Hicks? Did the Twins ruin him by rushing him to the bigs?
(JJ from MPLS)
It's a possibility, though there's no way to know for sure. They could have taken their time with him and he still could never have hit in the big leagues. We don't know. Look at Jackie Bradley. You just never know. That said, rushing him the way they did certainly didn't help. I hate when teams do it, even if they have a need. It's even worse when it's on a bad team. (Jeff Moore)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you consider Jackie Bradley to be done in Boston? Also is Justin Masterson having a down year or should we expect bad numbers from him in the future?
(Kevin from NJ)
I think they could give him another shot if they don't trade him, but given the crowded OF a trade wouldn't surprise me.

Masterson looks like a mess right now. He is another pitcher (see my Miller answer earlier) who is having problems with his command in the zone. Is it fixable? Possibly, but I always felt like he had to be just right to be good anyway. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)He's not really a prospect anymore, but what do the struggles of Jackie Bradley say about the differences between Triple-A and the majors? Is it greater than we've previously thought?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland (left one))
The MLB is hard. Bradley has the make-up and work ethic to make adjustments but hasn't shown them yet at the highest level. Bradley is still a top of the scale defender in CF and I think he will make his way back onto the big league roster. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm so good that I could be a better CF than Jackie Bradley. Sell JBJ and bring me to field the Triangle!
(Mookie from Portland, Oregon)
No. You couldn't be a better CF than Bradley. Sorry, Mookie. You are tearing the cover off the ball in Double-A and it looks much better than expected. But the emphasis here should still be on the fact that its AA and not the majors, and there is a huge difference in talent. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Too much being made out of Grady Sizemore's training camp.I just don't buy the idea of Sizemore being a full-time player.Are the Red Sox really dumb enough to send back Jackie Bradley at AAA ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
Well, I'm with you on being conservative about Sizemore, but it's not like Bradley disappears if he does go to Triple-A (and I don't know that he will). Pawtucket is only a 48-minute drive away. (Thanks, Google Maps!) (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, would you deal Aaron Sanchez and Jackie Bradley for Trumbo, Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney??? Thanks
(John from Boston)
Can you keep forever or do you have limits? In a keep forever that seems like a lot of ceiling (particularly with Sanchez) to give up for two uninspiring closers and Trumbo, but in a league with shorter term keeps that might be worth the gamble. My instincts tell me to pass, but if you can easily replace guys like Sanchez/Bradley in a farm draft, it might be worth it. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:

My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:

My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:



My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)If given a starting gig, what kind of offensive production should we expect from Jackie Bradley in 2014?
(Shane from Boston)
It's not going to be blow you away. He'll show a good approach, a solid average in the .270-.275 range, a bunch of doubles, 10-12 home runs, 15 steals or so. I think he can contribute just fine, but I don't think he's going to be a huge offensive catalyst in 2014, or long term for that matter. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you compare/contract Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Albert Almora? They sound similar both offensively and defensively.
(Bill from Chicago)
I think Almora has the higher ceiling. His raw tools are a little louder than Bradley's. I like both players and think both will be very good everyday big leaguers, but I think Almora ends up a little better long term. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think Boston can go all the way without Ellsbury? I sure as crap can.
(Polsox from Culver City, CA)
Any team that makes the playoffs can go all the way. The 2006 Cardinals learned us that. The Red Sox are going to make the playoffs (yes, I said it, er, wrote it) so they have a shot. I'm not sure it's a better shot than the Rangers or Tigers, or whomever comes out of the play-in game *coughRAYScough*.

As for Ellsbury, he's a huge part of their offense. We have him at just over four wins on the season, and I've noticed an improvement in his defense and his baserunning just keeps getting better. That said, of all the positions, Boston has center field covered the most with Shane Victorino able to slide over and play there and Jackie Bradley, Jr. now up (and he can play defense as well or better than Ellsbury). So without Ellsbury, Boston still has a good shot, though just slightly less of one, if that makes any sense. (Matthew Kory)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gerardo Parra is 11th in the majors in fWAR among OFs this season. That's pretty good... but do you think OF prospects with his ceiling (slightly below average offensively, well above average defensively) get their due as prospects? I think they're generally thought of as 4th OF types, and then they get buried on draft boards and prospect lists. Agree?
(Ryan from insidethezona)
I agree with you. Even more than that, though, I would say OF prospects without loud tools but do everything pretty well. Think the Jackie Bradley, Jr. types. Parra falls into that category for me as well. I've had conversations with some scouts about that saying that those types of OF prospects are not only underrated on prospect lists, but oftentimes around the industry as well. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jackie Bradley will hit at a level above a guy like Denard Span, or is that a fair comparison?
(Marcus from Greenville)
Similar average, probably a little more on-base skill, and more power. Not quite the same type of player, but I think Bradley will be a little better overall. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jackie Bradley or Joc Pederson?
(Armin from Salt Lake)
Oooh, good question. Give me JBJ by a hair. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)assuming Jackie Bradley stays in the majors what would you expect from him this season?
(Kyle from Utah)
He's going to make pitchers work. He might not hit for a high average in his first year, but he isn't going to give you outs. I think he could hit .260+ with good secondary skills while playing a very, very good CF. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Small sample small sample small sample small sample small sample small sample small sample small sample small sample. Tell us something we've learned this month that's not just a small sample.
(Victor from Brownsville )
Well, it's all a small sample and I'm not a scout, so that's tough, but I'd say the A's look for real, Jackie Bradley looks over-matched, and the Astros and Marlins are going to compete for the title of the worst team we've seen in a while. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking questions Bret. I have Yasiel Puig on my fantasy team. Given that we don't know when he'll get called up, is it worth it to keep him on my bench for later in the year, or should I drop him and pick up someone like Jackie Bradley?
(Matt from Hartford,CT)
If it's a redraft, I'd forget about both guys and grab someone who will help you more this year. Puig needs more minor league time, and there's not much opportunity for him. Bradley is just not that special of an offensive player, and he needs more time too. Plus, he won't have a spot once Ortiz returns. Neither have played at Triple-A, and they both likely need to. If it's a keeper, I want Puig. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Cory, What type of year do you think Jonny Gomes will have ?
(Brian from Boston)
He'll hit for power, strike out a lot, make a lot of friends and some enemies, and be exposed as an everyday player. The better Jackie Bradley does, the better it will be for Gomes. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jackie Bradley and Aaron Hicks. Who has a bigger impact this year and long term?
(Klochner from MN)
Different skill sets -- Hicks is more physical and profiles as a speed/power guy. Bradley is a bit more instinctual, with the game coming to him a little easier, profiling as an OBP over SLG offensive player. I'd say pick'em, but Bradley is probably a safer bet with a slightly lower ceiling. (Nick Faleris)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jackie Bradley overhyped ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
No. High quality up the middle talent. He might not be hyped enough. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Jason. Byron Buxton, Bubba Starling, Mason Williams and Jackie Bradley, Who has loudest tools? Who can be superstar?
(Mason Williams from New York)
Buxton, Starling, Williams, and Bradley, but Bradley is safer bet to be impact player and Buxton has the highest ceiling. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, enjoy your work. Who do you consider having the greater upside; Jackie Bradley, Addison Russell or Mike Zunino
(dhorrell1956 from Winston-Salem, NC)
I think that Russell has the highest offensive ceiling of the group, and he has some of the greatest upside in the game if he can stick at SS. That said, the low offensive demands of catcher are such that Zunino could have the greatest impact on a future roster, especially given his defensive chops behind the dish.

On the jukebox: The Yardbirds, "Smokestack Lightning" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chances these outfielders will have starting jobs by the middle of May: Oswaldo Arcia ____ Jackie Bradley ____ Shane Peterson ____ Trayce Thompson ____
(Hoot Stromboli from Snowed In)
Hoot, I can't place percentages on each. I think Thompson is the most likely because the White Sox always seem aggressive with their prospects. I would put Peterson next-if only because I think an injury to Beltran could happen and it's too early for OSCAR-then Bradley and finally Arcia. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)In what order would you rank the future fantasy prospects/production of: Aaron Hicks, Jackie Bradley, and Rymer Liriano?
(Kai from SLO)
Liriano has the most raw offensive potential of the trio, but I'd put my money on Hicks ultimately providing the most fantasy value. (Mark Anderson)
2012-07-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Red Sox would trade Ellsbury seeing as its unlikely he'll resign after the 2013 season because of his agent. And what do you think is wrong with the Sox? They seem to have a lot of great pieces.
(Ben from Canada)
This time tomorrow, I'll be in Ben in Canada, as I'm about to make my semi-annual pilgrimage to BC. For now, though, I'm still Ben in Manhattan, so let me try to answer your question. I think the odds are against an Ellsbury trade. He might re-sign, and if he doesn't, he'll get them a comp pick in the 2014 draft. As my old pal Marc Normandin points out, the Sox are probably hoping that Jackie Bradley will be ready to replace him in center in the event that he leaves.

As for the Sox' struggles: some answers can be found on the disabled list, but it doesn't help that Josh Beckett and Jon Lester (one of the most consistently good starters in baseball over the past four seasons) have been unexpectedly bad. Whether you want to assign any blame to this season's various clubhouse flare-ups is a decision between you and your god.

You're right about the good pieces, though. Despite everything that's gone wrong, the Sox are still at .500 and technically in contention. (Ben Lindbergh)


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