Thursday, May 22, 2014

BenCher: Jackie Bradley, Jr. Is A "Unique Guy"

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During an appearance today on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show, Ben Cherington spoke about his rookie centerfielder—who recently admitted that he's "lost" at the plate. Said the Red Sox GM about Jackie Bradley, Jr.,  "I think Jackie is a unique guy….The defense is always there. This guy has an offensive track record that goes back to when he was a kid and he's hit at whatever level he's ever been at, and that gives him a very good chance to hit in the big leagues." Nice confidence from the boss—but the fact of the matter is that Bradley has been benched. There are even rumors that All-World prospect Mookie Betts (a second baseman by trade) is being actively groomed as this Summer's new man in center. The 21-year old Betts is only hitting .368 at AA Portland—with 6 HRs, 27 RBIs and an OPS of 1.015. As a bizarre confidence-booster, manager John Farrell is hitting Bradley against extremely tough lefty Mark Buehrle in this afternoon's series finale.