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Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes

Questions linger on value of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr.

They might blossom into terrific players, but the rookie seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. have the baseball world wondering, “How good are they?”

Players usually show something positive in their rookie seasons. Bradley has been stellar defensively, but his hitting has been off-the-charts bad. Bogaerts hasn’t excelled in either area, though at 21 he’s the youngest Red Sox rookie starter since Ellis Burks in 1987.

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