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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||530.00||13.00||.253||60.00||73.00||3.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Nova (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||29||4||1|| .188|| .276|| .138|
|Last 10 Games|
|Xander Bogaerts' spring average falls below Mendoza Line |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/13/14) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been mired in a bit of a slump since belting his first home run of the spring March 5 against the Cardinals. Bogaerts has gone hitless in his last four games (0 for 9), dropping his spring average to .167 (3 for 18).
The 21-year-old infielder has one double, two RBI, three runs, four walks and four strikeouts in eight games.
|Xander Bogaerts will be used strictly as a shortstop |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(2/11/14) The Red Sox will use Xander Bogaerts strictly as a shortstop for now, according to the Boston Globe.
Bogaerts mostly saw time at third last year due to Stephen Drew being in town, but was brought up in the minors as a shortstop. With Drew currently a free-agent, the team wants to make sure Bogaerts gets as many reps at short as possible. While he still could see time at third, the team doesn't want to overload him by giving him reps at other positions.
Bogaerts hit .250/.320/.364 in 44 at-bats last season.
|Plenty of Red Sox in camp early |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(2/6/14) Plenty of Red Sox hitters have reported to camp early, according to the Boston Globe.
Pitchers are catchers aren't set to report until February 15, but a few players showed up early. The most interesting names among the bunch are Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Middlebrooks is attempting to recover from a down year in 2013, and it's a good sign that he's in camp early. He hit just .227 last season, but is slated to be the team's starting third baseman. The Red Sox continue to be rumored as a landing spot for Stephen Drew, but Middlebrooks' performance in camp could prevent them from making the move.
Bogaerts is in a similar position. The top prospect will be looking at a potential breakout season as the team's starting shortstop. Bogaerts' playing time was limited by Drew being in town last year, but the training wheels are coming off this year.
Bradley Jr. will be fighting for a spot on the team's 25-man roster after Grady Sizemore was brought in. Bradley Jr. was considered one of the team's best prospects entering last season, but was promoted too early and struggled. There's still plenty of potential there if he can beat out Sizemore.
|Young Sox would be affected by Stephen Drew signing |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(2/5/14) If free agent infielder Stephen Drew accepts a two-year offer from the Red Sox, youngsters Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks could be greatly affected, the Boston Herald has speculated.
The inclusion of Drew would likely push Bogaerts to third base, at least against right-handers, and relegate Middlebrooks into a part-time role or even send him back to Triple-A. Other reports, however, have claimed that Bogaerts would remain as the starter at shortstop and Drew would serve in a utility role.
If Drew signs elsewhere, Bogaerts willl probably start at shortstop and Middlebrooks at third. The pair have just 659 major league at-bats between them.
Bogaerts batted .250 in just 44 at-bats in 2013 while Middlebrooks, who shined in 2012, fell to .227 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI while striking out 98 times in just 348 at-bats.
|Tricky, tricky. Yes, Xander Bogaerts played shortstop coming up through the minors and will play shortstop again with Stephen Drew departing via free agency. But because he played mostly third base during his late-season trial in 2013, filling in for a perpetually underwhelming Will Middlebrooks, that's where he's eligible to begin 2014. Frankly, his bat would profile anywhere. He's the sort of prospect who the scouts have known would hit from the beginning. Though he hasn't exactly re-written the record books in the minors, he's done exactly what he was supposed to do at every stop. And it continued at the final one, his polish and poise earning him an everyday job in the middle of the Red Sox's playoff run. Again, his numbers could have been better, but all the scouting reports say it's only a matter of time before he becomes another Troy Tulowitzki type, hitting for a high average with better power than anyone has a right to expect at shortstop. Bogaerts will have that annoying period at the beginning of the season when you have to stick him at third base, but in the end, the dual eligibility should only improve his value. Entering 2014 as the favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, he likely won't survive the middle rounds on Draft Day.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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