Found March 26, 2013 on Total Sports Blog:
Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter  This time around in Promising Prospects, I am going to profile three guys who are all highly rated prospects in their respective organizations. There are no sleepers in this bunch. Also, all three of these players have had huge Spring Training’s with their club, and one guy is making a case to make the majors much sooner than anticipated. Jackie Bradley, Jr. OF, BOS Age: 22Bats: LThrows: R5’10, 180Highest Level: AAMLB ETA: 2013 The former College World Series star at South Carolina was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 2011 Amateur Draft. While he does not have much power, Bradley is a great contact hitter, with good speed, and plays plus defense in the outfield. This spring, Bradley is hitting .423 against mostly major league pitching. Because of his success in Spring Training and a hole in LF, Bradley is forcing the Red Sox hand, and they might have no choice but to start Bradley on the opening day roster. It is still up in the air w...

Dodgers option Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga, aka the right choice

The Dodgers optioned spring training sensation Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. This was the correct move. Puig made it a much tougher decision than originally expected with his fantastic play this spring. He'll join many top Dodger prospects in Tennessee like -- at least for a little while. This also means Carl Crawford, despite my skepticism, should be...

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Amazing Spring Will Truly Test Business of Baseball, As Outfielder Can’t Do Much More

We’re taught at a young age that hard work is rewarded. Perhaps there should be a disclaimer. Jackie Bradley Jr. added to his impressive spring resume (again) on Monday, and he’s making it harder and harder (again) to defend any decision other than penciling him into the Red Sox’ Opening Day starting lineup. Bradley entered Monday’s game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning...

Dodgers send Puig to double A

PHOENIX Yasiel Puig wont be on the Dodgers opening-day roster. The 22-year-old Cuban defector, who leads the Cactus League with a .526 average, was optioned to double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. The move was bound to happen at some point. The Dodgers want Puig to play every day, and that wasnt going to happen in the major leagues with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in...

Dodgers send down OF Puig, SS Gordon

The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Dee Gordon to the minors. The Dodgers moved Puig to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Cuban leads major leaguers with a .526 batting average this spring. Puig signed a seven-year contract for $42 million on June 29. The Dodgers already have Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford in their outfield...

Do you want Jackie Bradley in Boston? The pros and cons

Jackie Bradley Jr. is an exciting prospect, but there are pros and cons if he starts in Boston Jackie Bradley Jr. may legitimately be the first truly exciting prospect that the Boston Red Sox have had since Jacoby Ellsbury or Dustin Pedroia first took the field in the Boston Red Sox uniform. He shares many of the same qualities that Jacoby Ellsbury possesses when he is having a good...

Reggie Smith, Fred Lynn, and Jackie Bradley Junior

Jackie Bradley Junior and Reggie Smith have many things in common, but also many things different with the Red Sox. Reggie Smith was a 22 year old rookie center fielder that was touted for ROY before the season even started in 1967. The Boston Globe headlines a week before Opening Day said : Chances for Sox’ Reggie Smith To Become 1967′s Top Rookie: display_pdf   After an...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 167: Yasiel Puig`s Explosive Spring by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Yasiel Puig`s spring hot streak, how perceptions of him have changed since his signing, and what the Dodgers will do with him now.

Red Sox-Marlins Live: Jackie Bradley Jr. to Lead Off As Jon Lester Gets Final Spring Tune-Up

11:42 a.m.: The lineup cards are in, and Red Sox fans will get another glimpse of Jackie Bradley Jr. This time, the hot-hitting outfielder will lead off for the hometown club. Bradley didn’t record a hit on Tuesday, but that’s simply because the Red Sox had an off-day. Otherwise, Bradley probably would have been good for at least a couple. (If the rest of the spring is any indication...

Buster Olney makes boldest JBJ claim yet

Sox fans and to some degree the wider universe of baseball fans have become quite smitten with Jackie Bradley, Jr. His banner year in the minors last year, leading up to him stealing spring training with his five-tool skills, finds Bradley at the center of the debate as to what the Sox should do with him right now, with everyone weighing in. I'll leave that alone, because you...
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