Merloni: Bradley, Jr. ‘not ready offensively’

Merloni: Bradley, Jr. ‘not ready offensively’
August 3, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Jackie Bradley Jr. is an interesting case for the Boston Red Sox.

Going into Sunday's game against New York, the 24-year-old had a .221 average, but has played stellar defense in center field.

The Baseball Show panel discussed the trouble with Jackie Bradley Jr.

"I don't know what Jackie is, and that's the problem," said Lou Merloni. "The reality was he came up sooner than he should've been because he's not ready offensively. Kid can play defense, but he's not ready offensively."

Sean McAdam believes the Red Sox can live with Bradley Jr.'s bat if he's surrounded by the right players.

"If he could hit .250," said McAdam. "and the rest of your lineup produces the way this one might with Craig and Cespedes deepening, lengthening the lineup giving you a significant three, four, five, six in that lineup. .250's is fine, but we don't know he can do that yet.