With Hanley Ramirez likely out for a couple of games with a left hand contusion, the Boston Red Sox are calling up Jackie Bradley Jr. for his second big league stint of the season. The corresponding roster move will probably be sending down utility man Travis Shaw.
In 490 Major League at-bats, Bradley is hitting .192/.266/.273 with a .539 OPS. But throughout his Minor League career, he has been very good at the plate, especially this season.
He’s hitting .322/.398/.468 with an OPS that sits at .867, the second best mark in the Internationl League. He is a shoo-in to start the International League All-Star game in center field.
Bradley has one of the best gloves in all of baseball. Finishing second to only Baltimore’s Adam Jones last year in the Gold Glove Award voting, Bradley had posted a UZR of 13.8 last year, a mark that led center fielders.
With the the call-up of Bradley, it is likely that he starts in left field in Ramirez’s absence as Alejandro De Aza mans right. When Ramirez returns, Bradley will move to right field and Brock Holt will continue playing first base while Mike Napoli sits.