Upon being drafted in the first round in 2011 by the Boston Red Sox, OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (Prince George) showed flashes of brilliance in the minors. He batted .250 in 10 games over 2 levels that first pro season, then batted .315 in 2012 while playing for Advanced-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He got off to a solid start in 2013 for Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .303, and was called up to Boston.
There is where his hitting troubles began.
Three seasons later, constant shuttling back and forth between Fenway Park and the Pawsox had plagued Bradley’s career so much so that questions emerged about whether or not the 25-yr outfielder had a future with the Red Sox.
It appears that Bradley has finally put those doubts to rest.
On August 8, Bradley went 0-3, dropping his batting average to .121. He has caught fire since. In the 4 games after that, he went 8-16 (4 of those hits were EBH!), and drove in 6 runs, sending his batting average up to .203.
On Saturday, he managed to, basically, equal that torrid 4-game stretch in one afternoon at Fenway Park.
Bradley went 5-6-all 5 hits were for extra bases! He hit 2 HRs and drove in a career high 7 runs in a Boston 22-10 slugfest over the Mariners and ace pitcher Felix Hernandez. His 5 extra base hits in this game tied a major league record held by 6 others, including HOFers Lou Boudreau and Willie Stargell.
Bradley’s batting average, thanks to his red-hot stretch, now stands at .250. Here’s hoping he has seen the last of the Pawtucket Red Sox.