Bradley, 23, made the opening day roster out of spring training to significant fanfare after a red-hot spring in which he hit .419/.507/.613, but he struggled in regular-season play. After 12 games and a .097/.263/.129 line, he was sent to Pawtucket.
Before 2013, Bradley had never played above Double-A, so maybe he needed some Triple-A seasoning before hitting the bigs. He has certainly found his way for Pawtucket, as he hit .354/.457/.544 with seven doubles, a triple, two homers and nine RBI in 20 games. He has hit safely in his last 12 games, a stretch in which he hit .438.
Bradley was the Red Sox's supplemental round pick in the 2011 draft (40th overall) out of the University of South Carolina. He entered the season as Baseball America's 31st-ranked prospect in baseball.
With Shane Victorino on the disabled list and Jonny Gomes struggling, Bradley has a good shot at regular playing time -- especially considering it's a bad idea to promote prospects and then make them ride pine.