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May 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Players of the Week, May 20-26: Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brian Johnson

A pair of first-round picks who are at opposite ends of the farm system took home this week's Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, as the community voted PawSox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (pictured) and Greenville starter Brian Johnson as the top performers for the week. This is the second Player of the Week award for Bradley, but his first in 13 months, while Johnson earned his first career Pitcher of the Week award.

Bradley has hit the ground running since coming off the disabled list on May 17, hitting .438/.538/.813 in 39 plate appearances. After scuffling in the majors, Bradley has not shown any ill effects since being sent back down to Pawtucket, as he is now batting .360 with a 1.007 OPS in 19 games with the PawSox. Bradley is also seeing time in right field and left field, giving him more versatility if he is needed on the big league club again this season. Bradley is positioning himself to be the first call-up if a Boston outfielder goes down with an injury.

Coming into last week, Johnson had a 4.01 ERA in 24 2/3 innings, while walking 13 and striking out 20. It was not the start fans were hoping for from the 2012 first-rounder, especially with his conservative placement in Low-A Greenville. Johnson seemed to turn the corner this past week, and in two starts he threw 10 innings allowing three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out 14. He showed better control and also an improved ability to miss bats, both of which are positive signs for the left-hander's development. Johnson will look to build on these positive outings when he takes the mound on Thursday at Fluor Field.

Honorable Mentions, batters:

Mookie Betts (GRE)
Brock Holt (PAW)
Kevin Mager (GRE)
Christian Vazquez (POR)

Honorable Mentions, pitchers:

Drake Britton (POR)
Brock Huntzinger (POR)
Noe Ramirez (SAL)
Ryan Rowland-Smith (PAW)

Photo Credit: Jackie Bradley Jr. by Kelly O'Connor

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