POWER GLOVES: Marrero, Bradley still bring it with the leather despite struggles at the plate
PawSox shortstop Devin Marrero, pictured, and centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., pictured above right, have made an impression with their outstanding defense this season despite their offensive struggles.
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PAWTUCKET — PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero swears by a motto that proves quite handy whenever he’s scuffling at the plate: “If I’m not getting hits, they’re definitely not getting any hits,” Marrero said recently while seated at his McCoy Stadium locker.
In many ways, Marrero’s words outline the results of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 2014 stint with Boston. His struggles with the bat at the major league level have been discussed ad nauseam in multiple forums, but did you know the center fielder did not commit a single error in 296 chances in 105 games? How about his 13 assists, a total that ranks second among outfielders?
Prior to getting sent down to the minors last week, Bradley was the complete package as a defender – tracking down fly balls in the gap and gunning down runners that felt adventurous on the base paths – a combination of characteristics that haven’t been seen in a Red Sox center fielder in quite some time.
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For complete story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.
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