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March 19, 2014

Minor League Update

Spring Training Games of March 18

by Jeff Moore


  • Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, Red Sox: 1-4, 2B, 2 K. Bradley has had a rough spring and is now hitting just .189. This wouldn’t matter nearly as much if he hadn’t struggled in the majors at the start of last season and/or if Grady Sizemore weren’t having a strong spring. Bradley was thought to have a job waiting for him in April and none of his struggles, either this March or last April, negate his abilities. It could be enough, however, to force him back to Triple-A to start the season.
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox: 0-3, K. Bogaerts essentially just proves the point I just made with Bradley. Bogaerts is also having a poor spring at the plate, hitting just .143, but because he had success during his trial in the majors last season (including holding his own in the post-season) and because the Red Sox don’t have any internal options breathing down his neck, no one is using his spring training batting average as a reason to start him in Triple-A.
  • Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays: 1/3 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, BB, K. Things have gotten really bad for Stroman this spring, as he’s all but cemented a trip back to the minors now that his Grapefruit League

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