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25 Jackie Bradley CF
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 4/19/1990 | Birthplace: Richmond, VA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox promote two, demote two in Wednesday moves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) John Farrell announced Wednesday that the Red Sox have made a slew of moves, including the demotion of outfielder Jackie Bradley back to Triple-A Pawtucket a day after he had been brought up.

Farrell also told WEEI that Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment and that fellow right-handers Dalier Hinojosa and Tommy Layne have been recalled from the minors. 

Bradley is still trying to display his potential at the big-league level after batting .198 in 384 at-bats with Boston a year ago. Varvaro punched his ticket back by giving up four runs on eight hits in his last 3 1/3 innings pitched.


Red Sox call up OF Jackie Bradley, option pitcher Steven Wright


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Red Sox have called up outfielder Jackie Bradley from the minors and optioned pitcher Steven Wright back to Triple-A, according to the Boston Globe.

“We needed to add another position player,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “Mike Napoli is still day to day and with last night’s outing of Joe Kelly and where we came through last night, felt like our bullpen was caught up enough to go back to 12 pitchers. Jackie will be in a reserve role coming off the bench.”

Bradley started the season with Triple-A Pawtucket and is hitting .315 with seven doubles and six RBI in 73 at-bats. Wright was called up Tuesday by Boston as an emergency option if the bullpen needed extra help. He threw five innings this season with a 3.60 ERA and three walks.


Red Sox send Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Red Sox announced several roster moves on Thursday, per the Boston Globe. The team optioned outfielders Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A, and reassigned Matt SpringHumberto Quintero and Dana Eveland to minor-league camp.

Bradley and Castillo are expected to see work at right and center field in the minors, while Shane Victorino starts at right field in the majors.

"Both he and Jackie were difficult decisions. Both guys had great springs... Rusney did everything we asked of him," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "He's going to play both right and center in Pawtucket. The everyday at-bats are part of that, so is the depth and overall roster."

Castillo hit .310/.310/.621 with one double, one triple, two home runs and five RBI this spring. Bradley slashed .378.462/.444 with three doubles and one RBI in Grapefruit League play.


Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. showing off new swing


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is showing off his new swing this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Bradley started working out at the team's facility in November, and started hitting in January. He worked with assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez for a good portion of the offseason. "Jackie was dedicated," Rodriguez said. "He listened, too. He was open to what we talked about."

Manager John Farrell has noticed the change in Bradley's approach. "In BP, to me, it seems like there’s more of a willingness to stay in the middle of the field and not look to lift a ball too much," Farrell said. "I think it’s more of his natural swing, which he was drafted with."

Bradley said his swing has been a "work in progress." While it doesn't appear Bradley has a starting role, his defense should make him a useful major-league asset.

The 24-year-old hit .198/.265/.266 over 384 at-bats last year.


Red Sox GM: Rusney Castillo ready to perform on big-league level


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team isn't concerned with the recent lack of playing time for outfielder Rusney Castillo, who hadn't seen any action since 2012 before signing with the Red Sox last August, ESPN.com reports.

"That’s not an element we’re concerned with right now," Cherington said. "He’s done everything we asked him to do from the day we signed him -- going to the minor leagues, big leagues, Arizona [Fall League], Puerto Rico [winter ball] and everything in between. He’s in a position now where he comes to spring training, we met with him, told him, ‘Just be a baseball player and try to get into some kind of baseball normalcy now.’ I don’t expect the number of at-bats he’s had over the last 10 months to be a factor. Normalcy is going to play out in spring training. He has a chance to be a really good major league player. We’re happy he’s here."

Castillo is set to compete with Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley this spring to start in center field.


Red Sox's Farrell: Jackie Bradley is the best CF in baseball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell made it a point Tuesday to say outfielder Jackie Bradley remains in the mix to win the starting job in center field, despite the fact he appears to be an underdog in the competition.

“There are three prime candidates in that spot,” said Farrell when asked of the center-field competition, per WEEI.com. “If you’re pinning those two positions on Hanley (Ramirez) and Vic (Shane Victorino), what’s left over. That’s where Mookie [Betts], Rusney [Castillo] and Jackie come into play. Individual strength that vary to each person, each player. That’s what it begins to center around. And the durability and the dependability of the guys on the flanks will have some effect to the overall decision in the outfield.”

Farrell highlighted Bradley's strengths as a defender as the reason he can't be counted out of the competition.

“He’s working to establish himself more as an offensive player. In my mind, he’s the best center fielder in baseball and I’m not afraid of saying that,” Farrell said. “He’s an extremely talented guy. There have been some offensive challenges, but don’t deny what he can do and he can play center field as good as anybody.”


Report: Braves have strong interest in trading for Red Sox's Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) The Braves have called the Red Sox and have shown strong interest in acquiring outfielder Jackie Bradley, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons. The Red Sox might be forced to move an outfielder this spring due to a crowded outfield situation.

Bradley has struggled offensively in his MLB career, batting .196 in 164 games. However, he has been a very strong defender. He has a career .995 fielding percentage in the outfield and committed just one error in 318 chances in 2014.


Assistant hitting coach: Jackie Bradley 'going in the right direction'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez has been working with outfielder Jackie Bradley on staying on top of the ball and is pleased with the player's progress, per WEEI.com.

A rope stretches across the right-handed batter's box at roughly eye level in Bradley's batting cage, and "[s]taying under the line means staying on top of the ball," Rodriguez said Friday. "You’ve got to stay short and through the ball. It’s a target that you visualize, and it forces you to stay on top."

Bradley moved to Naples after last season and has been working out in and around JetBlue Park for more than six weeks. He hit just .198/.265/.266 with one home run, 30 RBI and eight stolen bases in 384 at-bats in 2014.

"I believe that was a learning year for him," Rodriguez said. "All that is behind him. He really wants to do things the right way. I’m very positive that this guy’s going in the right direction."

Bradley will be looking to establish his role this spring in an outfield that could also include Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Shane Victorino.


Red Sox's Jackie Bradley wants to emulate Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Following a workout Tuesday at the team's spring complex in Florida, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley said he is "going to go all Marshawn Lynch this year." Bradley was referring to the Seahawks running back's interview style.

“I just focus on me. I have to do what I’ve got to do. I don’t even talk about it to anybody,” Bradley told WEEI.com. “Action speaks louder than words, and that’s pretty much this whole year is going to be. I won’t have much to say. I’m just going to go out there and take care of business.”

While Bradley has played outstanding defense in his career, his offense has been severely lacking, which is why he wants to change the way he approaches the game.

“I feel great right now. I’m in a good place,” he said. “There’s no difference for me. I use spring training to get ready for the season. That’s when everything counts. That’s what I’m focused on. Get ready for the season, and April, and let everything else work itself out.

“Action, not words. Words are gone now this year. Put up or shut up.”


Red Sox among teams that view Jackie Bradley Jr. as starting CF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday they are teams that view Jackie Bradley Jr. as a starting center fielder, according to The Boston Globe. Cherington went on to add that the Red Sox are one of those teams.

Bradley was demoted to the minors during the 2014 season due to his struggles at the plate. He would eventually return to the majors, but he hit just .198 in 127 games. Bradley, however, was outstanding defensively. He made just one error in 307 chances in center field and no errors on 11 chances in right field.


Red Sox bring up Jackie Bradley, Drake Britton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) The Red Sox have promoted embattled outfielder Jackie Bradley from Triple-A Pawtucket, as well as southpaw reliever Drake Britton.

Bradley was dispatched to the minors in August after having opened the season as the starting center fielder and compiling a poor stat line of .211/.288/290 with 111 strikeouts in just 348 at-bats.

Britton didn't fare well in the minors. He managed a 5.86 ERA in 45 appearances with more walks (38) than strikeouts (37).


Red Sox finally demote Jackie Bradley to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Outfielder Jackie Bradley's strong defensive presence could no longer make up for his weak offensive numbers, as the Red Sox finally demoted the 24-year-old outfielder to Triple-A Pawtucket Monday. The team recalled Mookie Betts from Pawtucket to replace Bradley on the roster.

While Bradley was perfect on 301 defensive chances, he hit just .216 in 112 games. He had one home run, 19 doubles and 30 RBI, but he drew just 31 walks and struck out 111 times.


Mookie Betts in, Jackie Bradley out of Tuesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The Red Sox lineup Tuesday against the White Sox includes Mookie Betts in center field rather than Jackie Bradley.

A matchup against left-hander John Danks has Bradley out, but the latter owns a slightly better batting average againstg southpaws than righties this season.


Jackie Bradley opens up stance, gets results


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/7/2014) A defensive whiz all season, Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley has made an adjustment at the plate that's paying dividends, reports WEEI.com. Bradley opened up his stance recently and feels more comfortable in the batter's box.

Over the last four games, he's 6 for 14 with two walks and four runs scored. "I’m feeling really good at the plate right now, and just trying to battle," he said.

Added manager John Farrell: "The extra work that he’s been doing has been starting to pay off. He’s starting to reproduce a more consistent swing path, using the whole field, particularly the left side of the field as we’ve seen in the past."


Red Sox purge two lefty hitters from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) A matchup against Cubs southpaw Travis Wood has Red Sox left-handed hitters Stephen Drew and Jackie Bradley on the bench Wednesday.

Drew has just three hits in his last 39 at-bats and has one hit in 14 at-bats against lefties this season. Bradley has actually hit better against left-handed pitchers this season with a mark of .224, which betters his overall average of .208.


Jackie Bradley Jr. experimenting with switch hitting


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is experimenting with switch hitting, according to the Boston Globe.

Bradley hits left-handed, but he's actually a natural righty. The outfielder has been working on swinging right-handed in the batting cages prior to games. While he's not ready to hit right-handed in games just yet, it's something he could use in the future. "I’m willing to show it," Bradley said. "It can’t hurt me."

Bradley is hitting .211/.292/.302 over 232 at-bats.


GM: Jackie Bradley still our starter in center


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has declared that Jackie Bradley remains a starter despite having been removed from the lineup the last two games.

Cherington told the Boston Herald that Bradley is still "the right guy to be our center fielder." Bradley, however, owns a .580 OPS that ranks last among all American League outfielders with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.

"We expected Jackie to be our center fielder of the future back this winter," Cherington added. "We just didn't know what date that was going to start on. I don't think anything has really changed there."


Jackie Bradley hits first homer in 51st game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley finally connected on his first home run of the season Saturday, in a 7-1 win over the Rays.

In his 51st game, Bradley deposited his first homer into the seats in the fifth inning, a two-run shot to right center that traveled over 400 feet. It was his lone hit of the game, as he finished 1 for 4 in the win.

Bradley is off the a dreadful start, hitting just .207/.288/.311 in 164 at-bats on the season.  


Jackie Bradley struggling despite all-fields approach


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Red Sox rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley has tailored his swing to hit the ball to all fields, which is a shift from last year at Triple-A Pawtucket, when he hit 10 home runs in a half-season, MassLive.com reports. Defenses that had once shifted against him are now playing more straight-up.

The results of his attempts to spray the ball have not been positive, however, as his stat line of .205/.290/.295 attests. Bradley has hit .311 with runners in scoring position, but just .133 in all other at-bats. He has been struggling to hit fastballs, which pitchers are tossing his way about 60 percent of the time.

John Farrell, however, doesn't want him to change his approach. "I think he's best when he's staying on some pitches and not try to pull balls," he said. Whether is't right-handed or left-handed, we see his best stroke when it's to the middle of the field or to left-center."

Bradley has shown signs of emerging lately with four hits and three RBI in his last three games combined. But his approach has resuled in no home runs this season, which is surprising given the short right-field porch at Fenway Park.


Red Sox GM stands behind Jackie Bradley


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/27/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said center fielder Jackie Bradley has a "strong track record" that indicates he'll start hitting, reports WEEI.com. Bradley is hitting .193 with 49 strikeouts in 46 games, though he did have a sacrifice fly in Monday's 8-6 win in Atlanta.

"Here’s a guy, you have to go on track record and what you’re seeing," Cherington said. "There’s a very strong track record there. This guy has been a good offensive player wherever he’s ever been. We’re seeing things in his at-bats that show us that he’s making progress. No one wants to perform like he has. He knows that’s got to happen at some point. He can help the team every day with his defense, as long as the arrow is pointing in the right direction, and we believe it is, then he’s our center fielder and we’ve got to support him and we know this guy’s going to be a good player in the majors for a long time.

"He’s not the first guy to have a transition early in his career. It just so happens that because the team’s not doing now, there’s inevitably going to be focus on that."


Jackie Bradley 'gaining more confidence' every day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) After bursting onto the scene in the spring of 2013, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley has primarily been a bust at the major-league level, batting just .214 in 62 career games.

However, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's starting to see a change in Bradley's offensive approach.

"I think he’s showing some signs of a more consistent approach," Farrell said, per The Boston Herald. "It's been well-documented on how opposing pitchers are trying to attack him. He’s done some things to recognize it, to keep himself inside the baseball and use the whole field a little bit more. That was the case up in Toronto (last weekend), and yet, as he faces starting pitchers for the first time, it’s more knowledge for him to keep in the back of his mind how they’re looking to attack him."

Bradley even admitted his confidence is growing.

"I'm definitely gainining more confidence as each day goes on," Bradley said. "I'm getting comfortable and I'm learning pitchers and I'm working. I'm just trying to get better. In certain situations, they could've brought in certain (pinch) hitters, and for them to have confidence in me to at least attempt to get the job done, it gives me a lot of confidence knowing they have confidence in me."


Teammates encouraged by Jackie Bradley Jr.


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has the support of his teammates, according to WEEI.

Bradley has had a tough time getting started this year, hitting .225 over 71 at-bats. Though the first month has been tough offensively, he's received positive messages from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. 

Pedroia experienced similar struggles as a rookie, and didn't start hitting until May. Bradley said Pedroia told him to try and relax at the plate. He admitted that was easier said than done. 

Ortiz said that Bradley has handled himself well despite the struggles. "You're going about it the right way," Ortiz told Bradley. "I would rather you be a player that struggles early that way we find out what type of ballplayer you are and what type of person you are."

Bradley continues to get starts in the outfield due to his strong defense. Based on how he's handled the offensive struggles, he could have a long leash. 


Jackie Bradley reaches four times, with three XBH


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley finally showed some life Friday, in an 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Bradley went 3 for 4 at the bottom of the order, ending a 14-game streak without recording multiple hits. He made this hits count two, adding two doubles and a triple to his line, while also walking once, driving in one run and scoring two.

Bradley has struggled to maintain a solid batting average, but has been productive otherwise. He is batting .239/.354/.358 through 22 games. 


Jackie Bradley Jr. expected to retain starting job


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is expected to retain a starting job once Shane Victorino returns from the disabled list, according to the Boston Herald.

It was initially thought that one of either Bradley or Grady Sizemore would be sent to the minors once Victorino returned, but that may no longer be the case. Bradley has solidified the team's defense in center, which may be the reason he's keeping the job. 

Bradley is hitting .220 in 50 at-bats.


Jackie Bradley's double gives Red Sox win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley went 1 for 6 Wendesday but hit a two-run double in the 14th inning to give his team a lead they wouldn't squander in a 6-4 Red Sox victory over the White Sox.

Bradley's double came off White Sox infielder Leury Garcia after he walked two batters in his first career pitching appearance. The Red Sox outfielder has hit .244/.354/.317 with two stolen bases in 41 at-bats.