15. Jackie Bradley Jr. makes Opening Day lineup
It was THE STORY coming out of Red Sox camp back in March. Would Jackie Bradley Jr. make the Opening Day roster and would Boston lose a year of eligibility if JBJ wasn’t shipped down to Pawtucket. Bradley was en fuego in the Grapfruit League but that didn’t translate to the majors right away and he was soon suiting up for the PawSox while Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes shared duties in left during the Red Sox World Series run.
Now with Jacoby Ellsbury suiting up in pinstripes in 2014, the center field job in Boston belongs to the 23-year-old Bradley. The defense is there, but the question remains if he will be able to handle the bat in the big leagues.