2013 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Profile: SS Xander Bogaerts
With all fantasy baseball prospects making an immediate impact nowadays, everyone is waiting to see the next star to get called up. Perhaps the most noteworthy youngster to yet make his appearance is Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts.
The 20-year-old has burst onto the scene this year. He quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket in June and has not looked back. In his 51 games with the team, he has a .291 batting average with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. He has proven to be an above average contact hitter and the youngster even has a little more pop than originally expected.
With the team moving SS Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers on the deadline it has opened up a long-term spot at the position. Stephen Drew will fill in at short for the rest of the season, but he is only signed to a one-year contract. Also the veteran has not exactly been a model of health throughout his career, so it may be just a matter of time until he is on the shelf and Bogaerts is standing in the middle of the infield.
Bogaerts has even moved over to third base to try make the jump to the majors a little quicker. The team has used a platoon at third ever since demoting Will Middlebrooks and the fact that they are alright with the transition tells you how desperate they are for an everyday option at the hot corner. If they get desperate, Bogie could be occupying third base by the end of the year.
Bogaerts is a great infielder to target in dynasty leagues and appears to only be a small step away form the show. He could make an appearance at third this season, but in the very least will be a full-time starter at short in 2014. Remember his name, though, because he is the next superstar fantasy prospect.