Xander Bogaerts is really good. What, you want more than that? Fine, he is really, really good, and he is hands down the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, and tops among Boston Red Sox. In terms of prospects that will make an impact this year, there is none better in baseball, and will be the easy favorite for AL Rookie of the Year going into the 2014 season.
The one question left in Bogaerts’ game is whether or not he will be able to stick at short, but that question has likely been answered by the fact he is projected to start there for the reigning World Series champions. He could reasonably hit .300 while launching 25-30 home runs in the big leagues, and be a future three hole hitter. He is as good a middle infield prospect in the Red Sox system since Hanley Ramirez, and he projects to be even better.
He has a good eye at the plate, consistently putting up an OBP 70+ points better than his average. Red Sox fans learned to chuckle at Tim McCarver during the World Series, as he regularly referred to Bogaerts as a fast runner, despite it being the lone thing holding him back from being a true five tool player. He has not stolen more than eight bags in any single year, and that was 2013 over three levels.
Originally, the Red Sox signed his twin brother, Jair Bogaerts, who is currently an MLBPA certified agent, and stumbled upon Xander by simply asking if there was anyone else they should see. It turned out Xander had chickenpox, but they got him out of the house and to the field for a bit, which turned out to be a great move by the Red Sox.
Just in case that all wasn’t enough, he can let a pitcher know he just hit a home run in five different languages. Bogaerts will be the face of the Red Sox for years to come, so get used to him.