Minor League Prospect Note: Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox


Minor League Prospect Note: Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox promoted super-prospect Xander Bogaerts to Double-A Portland yesterday, and he went 2-for-5 with a homer in his debut. Previously, he'd hit .302/.378/.505 with 15 homers, 43 walks, and 85 strikeouts in 384 at-bat for High-A Salem. He ranked 10th in the Carolina League in OPS, a fine season and especially impressive for a 19-year-old.


Although he's very young, I don't think it's a massive rush job given his performance this year. Even if he struggles, there's only three weeks left in the season and getting his feet wet in Double-A could help his development next year. In addition to the hitting, he's settled down defensively, making improvements with his reliability. His range at shortstop isn't terrific and I anticipate that he'll end up at third base in the long run, although I'd leave him at shortstop as long as possible.

I had him at a Grade B+ pre-season and see him as a Grade A- now. Depending on end-of-year reports, a straight Grade A is not out of the question. That would likely put him in the Top 10 prospects in all of baseball.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker