Ryan: Did Sox butcher handling of Bradley Jr & Bogaerts?

Ryan: Did Sox butcher handling of Bradley Jr & Bogaerts?
August 19, 2014, 6:30 am
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"Almost every team in baseball would've believed those two guys would hit better than they've hit." - Bob Ryan

Rookies Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. have had ups and downs throughout the 2014 season.

In the Major Leagues, Bradley Jr. is hitting .216 with 30 RBI, 45 runs and 111 strikeouts. Bogaerts is currently hitting .228 with 30 RBI, 46 runs, and 113 strikeouts.

On Arbella Early Edition, Gary Tanguay asked Bob Ryan if the Red Sox butchered the handling of their rookies by bringing them up too early and keeping them there.

"I think almost every team in baseball would've believed those two guys would hit better than they've hit. Period." said Ryan. "The Bogaerts thing, from short to third. He was hitting .304, I remember those numbers in my head, on or about the time Drew came up. He'll be fine in the long run."

Ryan is concerned about Bradley Jr.'s ability to hit, especially because he wants to keep his glove in center field.

"This is so frustrating," explained Ryan. "He is the single best defensive center fielder they've had in the last 50 years… Let him hit .240, bat ninth and they would save X-amount of runs."

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