Re: 6 Sox prospects among Top100 ...
posted at 2/26/2013 7:57 AM EST
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to carnie's comment:
Don't look now, but Jackie Bradley Jr.'s OBP for the spring is sitting at .750. Who was it saying he didn't look like a leadoff hitter?
he is looking really good. Locking up Jacoby to mentor this kid should be a priority. then we can have him lead off and move Ells down to the 3 hole in the coming years.
I forget where I read this good article on JBJ. It was an Article on SoxProspects, Fangraphs (some website, lets just say that) Anyways it talked about how he trained, and would take batting practice, his work ethic etc etc etc. They said he would spend time every day practicing fouling off pitches to the outside. Practicing being able to hit a strike that he can't drive to keep the count alive. I don't know why but something about that just stuck with me. This kid is obviously committed to learning the strike zone, and improving his approach at the plate.
You get what you put in, every time. It reminds me of another story I read about how Tiger Woods would spend some days, all day, practicing hitting out of a sand trap so when it happened (cause it happens to everyone) he would be as good as anyone getting back into the game.
When I read this about Bradely it made me very excited for his future. If he develops the way we all hope he will I envision him as a high OBP guy. A guy who can walk, work the count, foul off pitches, drive up the pitch count, and ultimately bat .280-.300.