The Emergence Of Jackie Bradley Junior

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox
Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jackie Bradley Junior’s hitting streak may have ended however Bradley’s emergence is no fluke. After a disastrous rookie debut in 2013 in which Bradley hit .189 in 95 at bats and .198 in 384 at bats the following year Bradley is finally putting it all together. Bradley’s early career struggles were alarming as he hit at every level he played at before reaching the majors. Bradley appeared to be the forgotten man in the Red Sox outfield following the signing of fellow outfielder Rusney Castillo. The Red Sox signed Castillo to a seven year 72.5 million dollar contract in 2013, the largest contract ever given to a Cuban defector. Bradley however continued to work hard and last year finally gave the Red Sox some hope that his confidence hadn’t been destroyed. Bradley finished last year with 10 homeruns, 37 RBI, and a .249 batting average. However those stats do not do justice to the progress Bradley showed last year. Towards the end of the 2015 season Bradley went on a tear with the bat, a tear that everyone in the Red Sox organization had been waiting for.

Bradley finally looked like he could consistently hit major league pitching.  In 2016 Bradley has picked up where he left off. Not only did Bradley have a twenty nine game hitting streak but he has spent the majority of the young 2016 season batting ninth. He enters play today with a .339 AVG, nine home runs and thirty seven runs batting in. Not only is Bradley hitting exceptionally well but he’s one home run away from his career high and six  runs batted in away from high career high in that category. Oh and Bradley only has one hundred and twelve games left to top those career highs. Even though 2016 is David Ortiz’s last season Red Sox fan’s and fans of the game should pay attention to Bradley. This once deemed failed prospect is becoming a star and proving all those who had given up on him wrong.







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