Re: Double Standard
posted at 5/7/2014 2:36 AM EDT
I'm getting a little tired of hearing all this stuff about small sample sizes where Bradley is concerned. There is no longer a small sample size. Combine his poor showing in his short time with the Sox last season, his disastrous lack of hitting in ST, and the current hole he currently finds himself in and that's a big enough sample size to tell me that this guy may never be a Major League hitter. One odd thing about him is that until the last three games his hitting with RISP was very impressive, but his strikeout and batting average have sunk him down deep. He needs to turn this around within this month because I don't care what a WAR he might have, if he cannot hit better than he has and cut down his strikeouts and learn to bunt properly, he may turn out to be a sunk cost.
If you are going to count this year's ST against JBJ, then you should count his very good ST 2013 in his favor.
BTW, the sample size is still small.
He is still young and adjusting & learning.&
Remember a guy named Pedroia? He hit .191 with a .258 OBP and a .303 SLG in his first season (98 PAs), then he started off his second season hitting .180/.306/.230 (74 PAs). That's way below .200 after his first 172 PAs. He was probably still under .200 at the 200 PA mark.
JBJ has been yo-yo'd up and down between the minors and bigs much more than Pedey was. He has just over 190 PAs total.
I'm not trying to say JBJ is going to hit like Pedey, but give the kid some more time. This is his first longer than 100 PA look in the bigs. In fact, last year JBJ had these stints in the bigs:
April 1-17: 38 PAs
May29- June 5: 21 PAs
July 9-12: 7 PAS
Sept 7-29: 41 PAs
That's hard for many players to find a groove.