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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%: 9/2 | Average Draft Position: 276.32
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Red Sox reconsidering starting outfield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he will consider an outfield alignment of Shane Victorino, Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley once Victorino returns from the disabled list. Farrell said he's considering the alignment because there's a "premium on defense," per MassLive.com.

Jackie Bradley collects three hits in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley went 3 for 4 with one run and two RBI in his team's 5-1 win over the Rangers Monday.

The Red Sox racked up 14 hits but only one was for extra bases, limiting the damage done on the scoreboard. That wasn't an issue for Bradley, who drove in two runs while scoring another to go with his three singles from the No. 9 spot in the order. Bradley is 6 for 16 in six games thus far, and he should continue to see extensive playing time while Shane Victorino is sidelined.


Jackie Bradley Jr. collects two hits, RBI in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Jackie Bradley Jr. got the start at center field for the Red Sox on Thursday, and recorded his first two hits of the season in a 4-3 win over the Orioles in Baltimore.

Bradley, filling in for Shane Victorino (hamstring), reached on infield single in the third and singled in a run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. He has two hits in his first five at-bats to start the season.

Injury forces quick recall for Jackie Bradley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Monday after Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Bradley was sent to the minors after Grady Sizemore won the starting job in center field this spring.

Jackie Bradley Jr. handling demotion well


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his demotion to Triple-A well, according to the Boston Globe.

Bradley Jr. has been able to keep a positive attitude since hearing the news, which has impressed teammates. "I know I’m going to be a major league player, but life is full of setbacks and disappointments, and you can’t let those things defeat you," Bradley Jr. said. He added that he knows he's still the same player he showed last spring, and said he's not going to have negative feelings about his demotion. 

Bradley Jr. admitted he would use the demotion as a motivating tool. He said he'll play with a chip on his shoulder, but won't be a distraction. 

Bradley hit .189/.280/.337 in 95 at-bats last year.


Jackie Bradley keeping head up despite loss of job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Jackie Bradley lost the competition to Grady Sizemore for the starting job in center field for the Red Sox, but he hasn't lost his confidence. He was also braced for the news that he would be starting the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

"I was prepared either way," he told MLB.com. "I'm not one to ever get caught off-guard about anything. You take it in stride and move on. I knew it was going to be a competing thing. [Sizemore] played well. I didn't perform in spring training, but I feel like I'm ready for the season and I'm ready to prove it. We all didn't see Jackie Bradley Jr. this spring. ... It's humbling. I've always known that."

Bradley batted just .158 with 17 strikeouts in exhibition play after a tremendous spring landed him on the roster a year ago.


Jackie Bradley destined for demotion


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Center fielder Jackie Bradley first lost the starting job with the Red Sox to Grady Sizemore. Now he has lost his roster spot. Bradley will be optioned Friday to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team has announced.

Bradley batted just .173 after being considered the favorite to start at that position heading into spring training. The Red Sox prefer he receives consistent at-bats in the minors rather than serve as a backup. After all, he will not even turn 24 years old until April 19.


Jackie Bradley Jr. needs consistent at-bats


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. needs a consistent flow of at-bats, according to WEEI. 

Assistant general manager Mike Hazen said that in order for Bradley Jr. to adjust at the plate, he'll need "more at-bats." Hazen implied that those at-bats could come in the minors depending on whether the team decides to go with Grady Sizemore at the position. "There’s going to be more at-bats that are needed," Hazen said. Where those end up being, we don’t know that right now." Bradley is hitting .158 this spring.


Loser in Red Sox center field race likely to be sent down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said the center field job is an "either-or" decision, according to the Providence Journal.

Farrell's quote seems to indicate that the loser at the position will likely wind up being sent to the minor-leagues. The only scenario where both Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. would open with the the major-league club is if Shane Victorino is placed on the disabled list. That would be a temporary decision, however. Eventually, a decision will have to be made.