Jackie Bradley Jr. is likely the Opening Day starter in center field for the Boston Red Sox, but he will have to earn the job in spring training.
The talented young prospect impressed at times last season with his speed, defense and quickness on the basepaths, but he wasn’t ready to be an everyday outfielder. Now, with a year of major league and Double-A experience on his resume, Bradley enters 2014 with high expectations.
He’ll be challenged for the center field job by Grady Sizemore. The offseason signing of Sizemore was a low-risk, high-reward move for the Red Sox, and one that gives the team a backup plan if Bradley isn’t ready to start every day. The veteran center fielder used to be one of the best all-around players in baseball when he was healthy for the Cleveland Indians, but he missed much of the last few seasons with injuries.
If both players are healthy and productive, the Red Sox could have one of the best center field duos in the American League next season.
Check out the video above for Jerry Remy’s take on Bradley and Sizemore entering the 2014 season.