Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox
March/April Stats: .406 OPS, .034 ISO, 0 homers, 5 RBI, good for a 7 wRC+ and -0.9 fWAR in 99 plate appearances
JBJ has never been an offensive dynamo during his big-league career, but he had taken strides in recent years to pair serviceable production with his stellar defense. That production has slowly fallen off since his 118 wRC+ and 5.3-fWAR performance in 2016, and he’s now gotten himself into quite a hole to start this year.
He’s one of the few qualified hitters with a higher ground-ball rate (59.3%) than Owings, but no qualified hitter in baseball has a lower line-drive rate than Bradley’s 8.5% mark.
The Boston outfielder has understandably struggled in virtually every situation thus far, but he’s really struggled against left-handed pitchers. That’s evidenced by his -35 wRC+ in that situation (his 26 wRC+ against righties isn’t much better). However, it hasn’t mattered if he’s hitting at home (9 wRC+) or on the road (7 wRC+).
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