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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JACKIE BRADLEY JR. OUTFIELER BOSTON RED SOX

Well this is getting interesting.  Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games as he went 1-for-3.  While still a ways away from Joe DiMaggio's record, it is more than surprising that it is Bradley Jr. and not pretty much anyone else who is challenging it.  The reason we say this of course is due to the fact that previous to this season, the knock on Bradley Jr. was that he couldn't hit enough to make it as a major leaguer and that was an understandable premise when you look at his .189, .189, and .249 averages his first three years in the league.  Alas Bradley Jr. finished the 2015 strong with 9 home runs in August and September and a .267 second half average.  Thus Bradley Jr. was starting to develop before our eyes which brings us to his scorching .346 average engineered mostly out of the bottom of the Red Sox lineup.  The average is not the only talking point here as Bradley Jr. has 8 home runs and 33 RBI to go with 2 stolen bases and that has all of a sudden turned him into a high-impact five category outfielder which no one saw as being possible this season.  As always when one digs into the advanced statistics, we get some answers as to who Bradley Jr. got here.  He has drastically reduced his K rate from last season's ugly 27.1 mark to this season's 19.3.  In addition, Bradley has also gotten bit luck boost from his .400 BABIP which is in no way sustainable.  While the average will come back down to earth, Bradley Jr. is no doubt developing nicely and also growing into his power.  We won't go there when it comes to the hitting streak but it speaks to how nicely Bradley Jr. has turned out to be a swell fantasy baseball value in 2016.  We would not sell high here as Bradley Jr. has too many tools to part with. 

 

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