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February 5, 2013

Bradley Jr. doesn't expect to hit any walls this year

Sox center fielder of the future confident he's ready

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“For him to do the things he’s done at such a young age, it’s an amazing feat,” Bradley said about Bogaerts. “It’s a credit to him and his work ethic. He’s continuously working.”

Kelly just ahead of Webster

It’s interesting that Casey Kelly, the pitcher the Red Sox gave to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez before the 2011 season, is ranked No. 69 in MLB.com’s Top 100 prospect list — just two spots ahead of Webster who the Red Sox received from the Dodgers for Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto this past season.

That said, the Red Sox not only did an unbelievable job by dumping Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett’s large contracts, but they also did a fine job of acquiring young talent in both Webster and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa after losing two top prospects (Kelly and Anthony Rizzo) in the initial Gonzalez trade.

Arm like Pudge’s

Catcher Christian Vazquez, who Boston added to its 40-man roster this offseason, said his favorite catcher growing up was Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez who is known for having quite the arm, throwing out 46 percent of base stealers during his 21-year career.

The 22-year-old Vazquez has quite the arm himself. He threw out 49 of 122 base stealers (40 percent) this past year in 96 games combined between Salem and Portland.

“I want to work on everything and get better at everything: my blocking, my throwing, my calling games, think about the hitters, learn the hitters,” said Vazquez, adding that a pitcher must be confident in his catcher.

His defense is what the Red Sox like the most about him. His hitting needs some improvement. Vazquez has been working in the cage hard this offseason.

“My dad is my hitting coach,” he said.

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