JUNIOR IS BIG: Jackie Bradley Jr., in his 1st big league camp, is 15-for-28 with 2 doubles, a homer, 4 RBI, 5 walks, 2 HBP, 7 runs, and a stolen base over 13 Grapefruit League games…His .536 AVG and .629 OBP top all spring qualifiers… He also ranks 3rd among that group with a 1.343 OPS.
SPRING LEADERS: Sox batters have drawn 75 walks this spring, 2nd among major league teams (CLE, 88)…Drew Sutton’s 8 walks this spring are tied for the spring lead.
Red Sox pitchers are 3rd among Grapefruit League clubs with 142 strikeouts this spring, trailing only the Tigers (147) and Nationals (146)…Allen Webster’s team-high 14 strikeouts rank tied for 2nd among AL pitchers this spring…With just 1 walk allowed, he owns the 2nd-best strikeout-to walk ratio of the spring behind TB’s Alex Cobb (18 K/1 BB)…
Sox hurlers rank 3rd among all teams with a 1.30 WHIP, .318 opponent OBP, and .703 OPS.
Team catchers have thrown out 8 of 15 attempted base stealers for the 2nd-best rate this spring (53.3%), trailing only Miami (60.0%)…Christian Vazquez has a pickoff and has thrown out all 4 attempted base stealers while behind the plate, tied for the 3rd-most caught stealing this spring.
WELCOME BACK, JOHN: John Farrell enters his 1st season as Red Sox manager, the 46th skipper in club history… He was acquired from the Blue Jays on 10/21/12 and agreed to a 3-year contract through 2015…Farrell guided the Blue Jays in 2011 (81-81, .500) and 2012 (73-89, .451) after serving as Boston’s pitching coach from 2007-10.
Farrell is the 3rd Red Sox manager with a previous pro career as a pitcher, joining Cy Young (player/manager for 1st 6 games of 1907) and Joe Kerrigan (last 43 games of 2001)…SD’s Bud Black is the only other active skipper who had been a pro pitcher.
ALL NEW STAFF: Boston’s coaches are all new to the big league staff, with Torey Lovullo as Bench Coach, Greg Colbrunn as Hitting Coach, Juan Nieves as Pitching Coach, Brian Butterfield as Third Base Coach, Arnie Beyeler as First Base Coach, Victor Rodriguez in the new position of Assistant Hitting Coach, and Dana LeVangie as Bullpen Coach.
This will mark Rodriguez’s 19th year as a coach in the Red Sox system (since 1995) and Beyeler’s 10th (2000-02, 2007-12)…Lovullo managed the Triple-A PawSox in 2010.
Both Lovullo and Butterfield served on Farrell’s staff in Toronto the last 2 years…Butterfield spent the last 11 years overall on the Blue Jays ML staff.
NEW FACES: 11 players on Boston’s 40-man roster are new to the Red Sox organization in 2013…RHP Ryan Dempster, SS Stephen Drew, OF Jonny Gomes, 1B Mike Napoli, RHP Koji Uehara, C David Ross, and OF Shane Victorino all signed as free agents in the offseason while INF/OF Mike Carp (from SEA), RHP Rubby De La Rosa (from LAD), RHP Joel Hanrahan (from PIT), and INF Brock Holt (from PIT) joined the organization via trade.