In response to emp9's comment:
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
If JBJ or Inglsias does what Pedroia did (.182)in April do you keep them up?
Are they made of the same material as Pedroia????
Or are they like so many more who never live up to the potential?
Just remember how many wanted DP out of the lineup back in April 2007
Jim, I think the situations are different. First, the Sox lineup was a lot stronger so they could afford to be patient with Pedroia. Also, look at what Pedroia did in the minors in his last two years. In 2005, he batted .324 with Portland (298 PA) then struggled a bit the rest of the year with Pawtucket (.255, 240 PA). Then the next year, he batted .305 in 493 PA appearances with Pawtucket. So he showed he could make the adjustment to the higher level. He also had 1,223 PA in the minors.
Bradley doesn't have as many minor league PA and struggled the last third in Portland after pitchers got to know him. That was the reason to start him in the minors this year more than the service-time question.
So if Bradley is struggling, you give him that time back in the minors to let him make the adjustments after moving up a level that Pedroia actually got in 2006. For Bradley, this season is the equivelent of Pedroia's 2006 season in terms of development. Bradley has had just 615 plate appearances in the minors.
With the spring Bradley had and at least for game one, it looks like Bradley might be able to skip that last year in the minors. But let's see what he does over the next few weeks.
As for Iggy, he's had more success in the minors that he's sometimes given credit for, including .266 in 396 PA in Pawtucket last year and a career minor-league average of .264 in 1,076 PA. But he hasn't shown the discipline and approach in the minors that Pedey did, which allowed Francona to be patient.
So if Iggy is batting under .200 when Drew is ready, a few more minor-league at-bats might benefit him.
Personally, I hope both earn their spots and stay all year.
Gammons said people are under-rating his college career.
I'm not sure what your point is. Pedey went to college too, and college does give good experience. That is what has allowed Bradley to progress fast. It's still not pro ball. Bradley did struggle after Double-A pitchers had a better scouting report on him. Maybe he already made the adjustments.
But if he is batting .182 after a month, because he doesn't have those extra at-bats in the minors, then maybe sending him down for 80 at-bats or so to regroup will be a good thing.
Ha! Just telling you what he said.