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Xander Bogaerts Comps : My Take

I was amazed at the number of disagreement on his abilities in the commits of the last article which I read. So I decided to do my own research to find the perfect comp player for Bogaerts. I prefer comps that are age relevant. Ok, I have done my homework and I will I agree to his grade of A. I disagree with most comps I have seen.

Hanley Rameriz is not a good comp at all. At age 19 Hanley was not a power prospect statically. He never hit more than eight homeruns in any season, at 19 Bogaerts has already hit 20 in a season. Most scouts thought that Hanley's power would come with age and it did. He was a speed threat. Hanley made more contact than Bogaerts currently does. Hanley was a little rough defensively although his speed helps him make plays and he had the athletic ability to be a gold glove caliber Shortstop, Bogaerts doesn't in my opinion. As a matter of fact Hanley the 19-20 year old prospect doesn't comp will with Hanley the MLB All-Star.

Asdrubal Cabrera is another player comp this is kind of a miss leading too. Yes he is more comparable to the Bogaerts than is Hanley. But Cabrera showed more speed than Bogaerts at the same age and almost no power. He was more of a contact hitter.

The best comp for his age and ability is Jhonny Perlta. Both Perlta and Bogaerts are young power bats with a lot of swing and miss in them. They are not going to steal bases. Bogaerts appears to have a little better hit tool in his bat.

Defensively, they are also board line SS that don't have the speed needed to play the position at the highest level. Bogaerts, if he stays at SS will have to be great at pre-pitch positioning; Pertla defense suffers from the same problem. Plays to the right or left will always be difficult for them to get to, this will making glove work very important. I would put Bogaerts ahead of Perlta at this age because his power, and hit tool seems to be more advanced.

I see Bogaerts sticking in the infield somewhere. Third base would problly be where he is best, but serviceable at Short or Second. His bat would play anywhere on the field. He could fill any hole in the batting order from 3-7 depending on his progress those around him.

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