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Jackie Bradley Jr. expected to make Opening Day roster with Red Sox

Mar 28, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

Jackie Bradley Jr. AP AP

There’s nothing official yet, but after weeks of debate about the pros and cons, it looks like top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will break camp with the Red Sox.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Ryan Sweeney was told after tonight’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins that he will not be added to the 40-man roster. As a result, Boston’s final two roster spots are expected to go to Mike Carp and Bradley.

Bradley entered spring training as a major long shot to win a roster spot, but things changed in a hurry due to a combination of his excellent play and David Ortiz‘s absence from the lineup. The 22-year-old had an RBI single in tonight’s game and is hitting .441 (26-for-59) with two home runs, four doubles, one triple and 12 RBI in 26 games this spring. Barring a last-minute change, Bradley figures to play left field while Jonny Gomes will fill in for Ortiz out of the DH spot. Things could obviously change once Ortiz is back to full health, but it’s going to be tough to send Bradley down if he keeps producing.

  1. wilkisoft - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Just hope this Grapefruit League success carries over to the regular season.

    • kjericho43 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Agreed. I hope he makes the Victorino signing look ridiculous. Oh wait….it already does look ridiculous.

    • scoocha - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Oh it will. He’ll be hitting in the easiest park in baseball – Fenway. Don’t believe compare FAs who come there and see there numbers explod, only to come back to reality once they leave.
      Fenway – Coors East.

  2. baseballisboring - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I’m excited about this kid, but he’s got what, two months above A-ball? I doubt he sticks the whole season. But I’d love to be pleasantly surprised. Jonny Gomes…blah…

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  4. tfbuckfutter - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Typical Red Sox behavior…..it comes down to a discussion between an amazing prospect and Ryan effing Sweeney.

    Even Ryan Sweeney’s mom wouldn’t put him on her team for crying out effing loud.

    He is possibly the worst professional baseball player in the history of the sport.

    • munsonsgravity - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Worse than Francisco Cervelli ? No.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        At least Cervelli plays a premium position.

        Ryan Sweeney can’t hit and he typically plays a corner outfield position.

  5. aceshigh11 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Jackie has been amazing this spring, and clearly has the potential to be a great player, but why rush him to the Majors?

    The Sox very likely won’t be competitive this year regardless. They should be patient and give him some additional time to develop.

    • bostonfreeparty - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      He flat out earned the spot. Make no mistake, Bradley is the best option in Left. He’s not a power guy, but he’s a solid all around player. Plus it takes Johnny Gomes off the field to DH. Win-win

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        Taking Gomes off the field is a win.

    • Glenn - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      But is it worth it to lose a year of team control for a handful of games in a rebuidling year? Even Trout and Harper started their first seasons in the minors and those teams were playoff bound.

      • marroned - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Trout and Harper were out of high school. JBJ played at the University of South Carolina for 3 years, leading them to 2 consecutive National Championships in 2010 and 2011. He won Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 College World Series. He’s ready.

  6. Griffinatemylunch - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Look if he struggles in April and Ortiz comes back then they send him down and save his service time.

    If he continues hitting the cover off the ball and helps the team win games then who cares about the service time. The objective is to put the best 25 players on the roster so you have the best chance to win.

  7. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Tbuttfer is at it again. His life must be one ball of negative horror.

  8. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    The Red Sox did the right thing. It was never between Sweeney and JBJ lol. The plan was JBJ at AAA and that changed with Ortiz starting slower in his rehab than expected. Typical Red Sox? What does that even mean? Hey this just in tbuttfer- Iglesias also is breaking with them. Those silly typical Red Sox… Sweeney was in a backup battle genius. Bradley is starting.

  9. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Jackie has been amazing this spring, and clearly has the potential to be a great player, but why rush him to the Majors?

    The Sox very likely won’t be competitive this year regardless. They should be patient and give him some additional time to develop.

    ====

    They won’t be competitive? Watch. And learn. They will be right there in that division.

    That lineup right now is better than the Yankees. That’s with no Ortiz.

  10. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    The most interesting story coming out of Boston this spring is in the pitching department. Lester has an ERA of 0.75 and a 0.50 WHIP. Buchholz has an ERA of 0.79 and a 0.79 WHIP. Those stats do not count when the season begins, but both pitchers are primed for bounce back years.

  11. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Agree proudly C. And the bullpen looks good too. This team may lack star power as opposed to previous years but it is a decent ball club. Shoot for 85 wins and see what happens. Heck 88 could seriously win the division.

  12. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Hindsight is 20/20. No way they knew JBJ and Iglesias would have been ready. If they got a do over they probably don’t go out and get Drew and victorino or Gomes. Funny game. But in Boston if you don’t spend the cash people get upset. This is a better looking team w JBJ and Jose’s defense. I can’t be alone in that thought.

  13. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    But is it worth it to lose a year of team control for a handful of games in a rebuidling year? Even Trout and Harper started their first seasons in the minors and those teams were playoff bound.

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    Non issue. It’s an overrated scenario. They do not lose the year by him starting with the big team. They can stretch him to 2019 a few different ways. And it also doesn’t have to happen this year. He just needs 20 straight days in the minors in any of the next 3 years to activate 2019. This whole deal about losing a year is misunderstood. That being said if he’s doing great and they are winning nobody cares if he ever sees the minors again. They have 5 years to extend the man if that happens. You put your best on the field. And right now he’s by far the best LF they have. He brings energy. Gold glove defense. Speed. And the uncanny ability to produce a grotesquely high OBP. It’s all there in front of him. The legend of JBJ.

  14. coloradostupid - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Haven’t heard a thing about Ciriaco this spring – what’s up there?

  15. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Fenway is not a HR park. Check the numbers. Myth

  16. hitdog042 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    What’s up with Ciriaco? He’s a utility IF. Not sure I understand the Q.

  17. hitdog042 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Oh it will. He’ll be hitting in the easiest park in baseball – Fenway. Don’t believe compare FAs who come there and see there numbers explod, only to come back to reality once they leave.
    Fenway – Coors East.

    —–

    Like Johnny Damon? Oh wait… Did Adrian explode in Boston? Nope. How’s Adrian Beltre doing?

    Fail. Lol.

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