Even after getting exposure to the major leagues last season, Boston Red Sox shortstop phenom Xander Bogaerts continues to impress. In Boston’s 8-6 win today over the Baltimore Orioles, Bogaerts put his talents on display again, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
In 18 games with the Red Sox last season, Bogaerts batted a modest .250 with one home run and five RBIs, but was a major factor in Boston’s World Series run. With that experience, he will only get better as time goes on.
At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Bogaerts doesn’t have the largest frame, but he’s starting to fill it out and with that comes more power presumably. He has some power upside to all fields as he showed in the minors, and with an improved frame, 25 home runs isn’t out of the question. What Bogaerts really brings to the table is consistency. He’s going to get on base and he’s going to score runs. In the end, that’s what matters.
What’s truly impressive about Bogaerts is that he is only 21-years old. He’s the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball and he was born in 1992. Pretty amazing stuff from a guy that started last season in double-A.
As of right now, Bogaerts projects well into the No. 6 spot in the Red Sox order as he can act as a staple between the top and bottom of the lineup. Once he gets acclimated at the major league level, it’s likely that he could slide up into the No. 2 spot where he could play a more integral part in the lineup.
Bogaerts plays shortstop and third base and it’s believed he could move to third base permanently eventually. Regardless of where he’s playing, Bogaerts showed today through his continued solid performance that 2013 was just a sign of things to come.