Opening Day is only a week away and teams are making moves to get their final rosters in place. The Boston Red Sox have have announced they have reassigned Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Diaz and Drew Sutton to minor league camp, following Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Bogaerts was ranked by MLB.com as the 20th ranked prospect in Major League Baseball. This spring the prospect has appeared in five games for the Red Sox, batting .286 with two hits and an RBI. The shortstop spent most of this spring participating in the World Baseball Classic for the Netherlands team. The 20-year-old saw action in seven games, batting .263 with five hits and an RBI. Although he is ranked as the Red Sox top prospect, he has a couple more years before he will see regular action with the big league club.
Diaz was drafted in the 12th round of the 2006 June Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. This spring, the 27-year-old has seen action in 22 games, hitting only .240 with six hits and three RBI. The shortstop has yet to see time at the major league level.
Sutton saw time with the Red Sox in 2011, before heading to the Tampa Bay Rays and then the Pittsburgh Pirates. Back with the Red Sox this spring, the infielder has been in 21 games, batting .257 with six hits and two RBI. He is fighting for a spot on the big league roster at some point this season. However, with the great play last season from Pedro Ciriaco and the addition of Brock Holt, the 29-year-old may have to see most of his playing time in Triple-A this season.