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red sox - Is Xander Bogaerts the Red Sox’ shortstop of the future (and when does the future begin)? - WEEI | Alex Speier

The next great Red Sox?

Xander Bogaerts can hit. No question there.

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His overall line of a .307 average with a .373 OBP, .523 slugging mark and .896 OPS in his first full pro season (Bogaerts started 2011 in extended spring training before playing a half-year at Greenville) is little short of astonishing given the fact that he A) spent most of the year in a league (Carolina) and home ballpark (Salem’s LewisGale Field) that are hostile to offense, and B) was the second-youngest position player in the Carolina League and the youngest in the Double-A Eastern League.

“He’s a special kid. It’s amazing how every year he gets better. You talk about being 19 years old, he’s got a lot of road ahead of him to get better,” Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez said. “He got to the next level and he was able to put it together there, make adjustments in games, slow things down and continue to do what he was doing in Salem. It was impressive how he handled himself with Double-A pitching.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2012 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: November 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4291127)
Honkballer!
   2. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: November 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4291161)
Does this mean we won't get to see Iglesias outhit by NL pitchers for many years to come?
   3. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4291168)
Does this mean we won't get to see Iglesias outhit by NL pitchers for many years to come?


Now now, with interleague play I'm sure Igelsias will be outhit by AL pitchers for many years to come.
   4. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: November 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM (#4291173)
But they're hyping the new kid. This must mean they've conceded that Iglesias is not good enough to start.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: November 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4291175)
Can I assume his twin brother Jair is a fraternal one, or is there some kind of Ozzie Canseco thing going on there?
   6. Boxkutter Posted: November 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4291188)
Bogaerts isn't even going to be a SS in the majors, according to damn near every scout who has a website or has seen him play. The word on him for the last year is that he was a future 3B. Not sure how Middlebrooks' emergence will change that, but I don't expect Middlebrooks to continue to hit anything like he did last season anyways, so it'll likely be a moot point.
   7. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: November 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4291223)
I like Middlebrooks. If they add some bats to protect him, I think he'll hit 25-30 HRs with 35-45 doubles.

edit...If he stays healthy.
   8. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4291224)
Bogaerts isn't even going to be a SS in the majors, according to damn near every scout who has a website or has seen him play. The word on him for the last year is that he was a future 3B. Not sure how Middlebrooks' emergence will change that, but I don't expect Middlebrooks to continue to hit anything like he did last season anyways, so it'll likely be a moot point.


This perception seems to be changing. The issue with Bogaerts is his size (6'3, 180 now, but only 19 years old) not ability. Everything I've read about him lately says that he's capable of playing the position as long as he doesn't fill out too much. It seems there is a pretty decent chance he at least starts his career as a shortstop (in part due to Middlebrooks) before moving. If nothing else there is no urgency to move him off shortstop.

The other thing about him, and again, just from reading a lot about him, is he is a smart kid with a good work ethic.
   9. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: November 03, 2012 at 05:59 AM (#4291490)
"Bogarts" will be the most misspelled Red Sox player since "Yastremsky"!
   10. villageidiom Posted: November 03, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4291582)
How quickly we forget Franconia. Or Mintcaveitch. Or Bill Miller. Or Willie Mo Pena.
   11. Toby Posted: November 03, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4291585)
that's pronounced Zanda Bogawdz, amirite?

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