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Jackie Bradley Jr, the streak, who will carry the torch?

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If you follow baseball at all you have probably been hearing a lot about the Boston Red Sox centerfielder,  Jackie Bradley Jr, the streak, and questions of rather he is ready to carry the torch for his team .

 A graduate of the University of South Carolina and a product of Theo Epstein’s final draft with the Red Sox, Bradley has begun to emerge as a star.

Not only was he just named the American League player of the week ending on May 15th, but he also holds a 29 game hitting streak after reaching on a single in tonight’s game vs Colorado pitcher, Chad Bettis. This puts him just over half way to DiMaggio,s record and the longest by any Red Sox player since David Ortiz hit in 27 straight games.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was projected to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the 2011 draft, but no one projected him to be the hitter he now is. On a team that now has 7 players on their roster from that 2011 draft, Jackie Bradley Jr. is beginning to show that he is ready to step up and be the new face of the Red Sox with David Ortiz set to retire at the end of the season.

As every team spends their time trying to catch lightning in a bottle with draft picks, the Red Sox are hoping that Bradley can keep up his current pace and be that lightning they have looked for.

We must keep in mind that Bradley has been known to go on these hot streaks before. Towards the end of the 2015 season between Aug. 6 and Sept. 7th he went on a terror, putting up ridiculous stats of .424 avg. with 32 RBI, 31 Runs scored and 24 extra base hits. . This all included 13 doubles, 4 triples, and seven home runs.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is  batting .346 with 8 home-runs and 33 RBI’s and hearing comparisons to players like the Royals Alex Gordon.  Watch out though for another up and coming star on the same team.

Shortstop, Xander Bogaerts got a hit in his 18th straight game in tonight’s game after homering in the bottom of the 4th inning.  He is batting .353 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI.

Only time will tell if JBJ can continue to be a consistent force for the Red Sox and carry the torch or will one of the other young players be that player. If you are a Boston fan, the future sure looks bright and you have to like what you’re seeing.

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