BREAKING: Xander Bogaerts Called Up To Red Sox
As Red Sox fans woke up this morning still feeling bad after a loss last night to the Yankees, some good news was delivered. The Red Sox are calling up their number one rated prospect Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts, a shortstop will take the roster spot of Brock Holt who will be sent back to Pawtucket. Bogaerts also played some third base in Pawtucket which will provide insurance for Will Middlebrooks should he struggle again. Bogaerts getting called up is big as he is only 20 years old and the team needs some sort of fire lit now after a bad road trip and a not so great weekend series against the Yankees.
Bogaerts is off the the west coast as the Red Sox play the Giants and Dodgers coming up this week in interleague play. Another rookie on the Red Sox looking to provide some help to the team and Bogaerts could be the best one yet. Splitting time between Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket, Bogaerts has played 116 games this year with a stat line of .297/15/67. (AVG/HR/RBI) Solid stat line for a shortstop who can only improve being so young. His call up almost comes four years to the day to which he signed a contract with the Red Sox August 23, 2009.
It will be interesting to see how John Farrell manages the playing time of Bogaerts as Stephen Drew has come around at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks needs to be playing to be effective after a two month stint in Pawtucket himself. After the trade of Jose Iglesias last month the team showed trust that Bogaerts is the shortstop of the future and Iglesias wasn’t. Now it is time for Bogaerts to show what he can do.