Will Middlebrooks Still Receiving Praise From Bobby Valentine Despite Cooling Off a Bit (Video)

Will Middlebrooks exploded offensively upon making his leap to the big leagues, but the young third baseman has since cooled off a bit.

Middlebrooks remains a tough out for opposing pitchers, but he's seen his average dip drastically as a result of some struggles. If nothing else, it could make it easier for Bobby Valentine to plug in Kevin Youkilis over Middlebrooks when the veteran returns.

Valentine is still praising Middlebrooks despite his cool streak, though, as it appears he doesn't need to make any major adjustments at the plate. Middlebrooks has shown he can play at this level, so he'll likely bounce back in no time.

Check out the video above to hear more about Middlebrooks, as well as the Red Sox bullpen.

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