After having a monster spring last year,
"[I] know the experiences that other players have gone through," Bradley said, per WEEI.com. "I'm a pretty mentally tough guy. I know I can take my bumps and my bruises. I'll be fine, I promise you. I'm going to get things back on track. I've been able to hit at every single level so I'm ready to prove that I can do it at this level as well."
Manager John Farrell is confident Bradley won't be overwhelemed as he competes with Grady Sizemore for the starting job in center field this spring.
"He's shown throughout his entire minor-league career that there's plate discipline there," Farrell said. "He ran into pitching that was at the big-league level different than what he faced at the minor-league level where they're able to command the ball on a certain part of the plate more consistently. I thought he made some adjustments when he came back to us. Nothing abnormal in a normal transition for a young player. I can't begin to speculate numbers-wise, but I think he's going to put up quality at-bats, he's going to play very good defense and really stabilize the middle of our outfield."
The lineup consisted of
Bradley proved little in his brief time in the majors last season, batting .189 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 95 at-bats. But Sizemore is still not fully recovered from a spate of injuries that have prevented him from playing since 2011.
Bradley appeared set when Jacoby Ellsbury bolted in free agency. But the addition of Sizemore creates competition.
"I don't have any reaction beyond I thought it was great," Bradley told the Boston Globe. "The guy is a stud and hopefully he can learn from me as well as a teammate. I'll let them make the hard decisions. I'll just play."
Bradley batted .189 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 95 at-bats with the Sox in 2013. Sizemore, once the ultimate ironman and perennial all-star, hasn't played since 2011 while recovering from back and knee injuries.
Pitchers are catchers aren't set to report until February 15, but a few players showed up early. The most interesting names among the bunch are
Middlebrooks is attempting to recover from a down year in 2013, and it's a good sign that he's in camp early. He hit just .227 last season, but is slated to be the team's starting third baseman. The Red Sox continue to be rumored as a landing spot for Stephen Drew, but Middlebrooks' performance in camp could prevent them from making the move.
Bogaerts is in a similar position. The top prospect will be looking at a potential breakout season as the team's starting shortstop. Bogaerts' playing time was limited by Drew being in town last year, but the training wheels are coming off this year.
Bradley Jr. will be fighting for a spot on the team's 25-man roster after Grady Sizemore was brought in. Bradley Jr. was considered one of the team's best prospects entering last season, but was promoted too early and struggled. There's still plenty of potential there if he can beat out Sizemore.
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