John Farrell: Jackie Bradley ‘has had a direct impact on two, possibly three, wins’
|04.12.13 at 10:20 pm ET|
Despite Jackie Bradley’s slow start through the season’s first nine games, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the Sox aren’t regretting their decision to put the outfielder Opening Day roster.
Farrell told WEEI.com Friday that Bradley has had a ‘direct impact’ on ‘two, possibly three’ of the Red Sox’ five wins this season.
“He’s contributed in every area of the game, defensively, on the basepaths and at the plate. I think he has had a direct impact on two, possibly three, wins for us in the early part of the season,” the Red Sox manager said. “And it’s not always reflected in the batting average. It’s a defensive play in New York. It’s a baserunning play in that same series. It’s drawing a key walk in middle innings to either start an inning, or rally within an inning. In Jackie’s case I think you have to look beneath the batting as to the impact that he’s made.”
After a quick start, Bradley has slumped offensively, going hitless in his last 15 at-bats. The rookie, who has played in eight of the Sox’ nine games (with the team going 4-4 in his appearances), is hitting .120 with a .313 on-base percentage.
Friday marked the day which, if Bradley hadn’t been added to roster for the first nine games, the Red Sox could promote the 22-year-old without having to worry about losing a year of free agent eligibility.
Because David Ortiz is slated to return next week, it is expected Bradley will be returning to the minor leagues. The outfielder needs to spend just 20 days in the minors in order to push the year he would be eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season (instead of following ‘18).
“I’m missing my pitches. I’ll see a good pitch and I’ll feel like I put a good swing on it and I’ll foul it back. That’s the frustrating part about it because I know those are the pitches I’m normally hitting and squaring up,” said Bradley, who has scored five of the nine times he has reached base. “You really can’t do much after you hit it. Like I said, they’ll start falling in holes eventually
“It’s one of those periods, every hitter goes through it. Like I said, I’m willing to work through it. It definitely is not going to affect me in the long-run.”
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