Jackie Bradley Jr. hit lefthanded at Prince George (Va.) High, South Carolina, and with the Red Sox. But he has a little secret.
“I’ve been hitting lefty since I was about 8. But I’m a natural righty,” Bradley said Thursday. “I probably have more power righthanded. But when you’re younger, you don’t see a lot of lefthanded pitching. So I hit lefthanded.”
In recent weeks, Bradley has been experimenting with a righthanded swing behind the scenes in the batting cage before games. It’s nothing he’s ready to try in a game, but that day could come.
“I’m willing to show it,” Bradley said. “It can’t hurt me.”
Bradley has hit a little better against righthanders (.210 with a .607 OPS) than he has against lefthanders (.195 with a .585 OPS) in his brief career, so perhaps the idea could bear some fruit.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.