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2 Xander Bogaerts SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 10/1/1992 | Birthplace: Oranjestad, Aruba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 87/62 | Average Draft Position: 166.72
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Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts reaches base three times Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had the goods and bads in Thursday's loss to the Rangers. Bogaerts reached base safely in all three plate appearances, going 2 for 2 with a walk. He has a hit four straight games and has reached base in eight of his last nine. Since May 10, he has seen his season average rise more than 20 points from .250 to its current .271 clip.

But, Bogaerts did commit his third error of the season, and also ran into some back luck on the basepaths, literally. 

With teammate Daniel Nava at the plate in the bottom of the fifth, Bogaerts was on first base with one out. He took off trying to steal second, but Nava swung and tapped the ball to the right side, which clipped Bogaerts on the foot as he was running. Bogaerts was ruled out, and a strikeout by the next batter ended the rally for Boston.

"Probably the play there when I tried to steal and the ball hit me, that was probably the game-changer," said Bogaerts, per MLB.com. "I never knew, I was never aware the ball touched me until I came back down and I saw the video, it might've just scratched the bottom of my heel or something like that, but I never know it hit me at all."


Red Sox dropping down more bunts in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell has been asking his players, speficially Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon, to drop down more bunts this season, according to MLB.com.

"We've placed a greater emphasis on it in spring training," said Farrell. "Maybe guys that haven't done it in their Minor League career, guys that dominate the Minor Leagues [but are] going to come up and hit in the bottom third of our order ... you want to allow them to grow as Major League players, but to contribute to a rally by putting down a sacrifice bunt, there's a lot of benefit that goes to the individual."

Boston has already dropped down 10 sacrifices this season in 36 games after only getting 20 down last season. 

"You go back to the game situation," said Farrell. "Did we anticipate an offense that would be more consistent than what we've shown? Yes, and we'll realize that in time. But where we are and what the game is suggesting and presenting to us, we've got to be equipped to handle that, and we've asked guys in those spots to lay a bunt down."


OF's Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino out of Red Sox lineup for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Shane Victorino are out of the lineup for Saturday’s game in Seattle, getting replaced by Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field and Brock Holt in right.

Holt will bat leadoff while Bradley will hit ninth.

Betts has led off 33 of the Red Sox’s 36 games coming into Saturday.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will move up and hit sixth on Saturday, the highest he’s hit in the order all season.


Several regulars return to Red Sox lineup Thursday vs. Mariners


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell is returning several regulars back to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Mariners. First baseman Mike Napoli, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, catcher Blake Swihart and right fielder Shane Victorino were rested on Wednesday, but all are back in for Thursday night's contest.


Jackie Bradley makes first start of year for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley , just promoted from Triple-A, will make his first start of the year for the Sox on Sunday. 

Bradley will play right field and hit eighth in the order. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who has batted eighth the last 13 games, bumps up to the seventh spot for just the third time this season. 


Xander Bogaerts' early-season hot streak a distant memory


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Following a torrid start to the season, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been in an offensive funk for a few weeks. After batting .395 in his first nine games, Bogaerts is batting .152 over his last 14 games, dropping his season average to .262.

Bogaerts has not had a multihit game in his last 14 appearances after having five in his first nine outings. Bogaerts has one double, one home run, two RBI, five runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 14 games.


Red Sox's Brock Holt starts for Xander Bogaerts


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox utility man Brock Holt gets a start at shortstop in place of Xander Bogaerts for Friday's game at Baltimore. 

Holt has started games at second, third, short and center. With Friday's game, Holt will have three starts at shortstop, more than any other position. It's the second time in four games he's gotten the start at short ahead of Bogaerts. 

Boston and Baltimore are even with -105 money lines for the game. 


Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, the team announced. Bogaerts started the last four games for Boston, but will get the day off Tuesday, giving Brock Holt the start at short.

Holt is hitting .462 with five RBI in 26 at-bats this season.


Current Red Sox have hit Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen hard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has surrendered a .323 batting average to current Red Sox hitters, masnsports.com reports.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected more hits against Chen than anyone in the lefty pitcher's career, going 14 for 27 with a .519/.567/.778 line. Designated hitter David Ortiz is 8 for 21 with a home run, right fielder Shane Victorino is 4 for 10 with a home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 3 for 10 with a home run against Chen. All four are in the starting lineup Monday, as are first baseman Mike Napoli, who's just 3 for 17 against Chen but with two home runs, and catcher Ryan Hanigan, who's 1 for 9 with a home run against the pitcher.

The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.


Emerging Red Sox SS Bogaerts maturing at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Though early-season statistics can be skewed, those registered by Red Sox young shortstop Xander Bogaerts in 2015 compared to the numbers he recorded last year jump off the page. And there are several reasons for it.

Bogaerts sweetened his stat line to .395/.452/.474 with a 2-for-4 performance Friday night, which included a game-winning single that made him the youngest Boston player to slam a walk-off hit since Jim Rice in 1975. Not bad considering he batted just .240 with a .297 on-base percentage a in 2014.

Among the reasons for his surge has been opposite-field hitting. He has hit more line drives and fly balls to right and with greater success, MLB.com is reporting. He hit .218 on balls hit to right a year ago, but is 6-for-13 going that way this season.

But perhaps the most significant improvement has been in regard to patience and discipline. John Farrell has certainly noticed.

"He's just been a little more relaxed at the plate, letting the ball travel a little bit deeper in the strike zone," Farrell said. "It's allowed him to use the whole field a little bit more, which is more the norm of what he's always been as a hitter. He's in a confident place right now."


Xander Bogaerts comes through with game-winning RBI for Red Sox


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts' one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning pushed across Mike Napoli for the game winner Friday against the Orioles.

Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the game.

The two hits on the night lifted Bogaerts' batting average to .382, best among Red Sox starters.

"Yeah, because when you're going bad, you don't get anything," Bogaerts said when asked about balls falling in when you're hot.


Red Sox's Bogaerts: I can't think about my knee or else I can't play


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 0 for 4, but made it through Wednesday's game against the Nationals unscathed, per the Boston Herald.

Bogaerts missed Tuesday's contest due to a sore right knee. He underwent an MRI, which came back clean before returning to action on Wednesday. He reported no issues following Wednesday's 10-5 loss to Washington.

"I was a bit concerned about the knee in the beginning of the game," Bogaerts said. "But I can't think about that or else I can't play. Just let the natural abilities take over."


Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts returns, Pablo Sandoval out Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts made his return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals after sitting out Tuesday due to a knee injury. Unfortunately, Pablo Sandoval was absent from the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with a left foot contusion.

Brock Holt, who started in Bogaerts' absence Tuesday, moved over to third base to start for Sandoval on Wednesday. Although, manager John Farrell said Sandoval could play if needed, but felt Wednesday was a good time to give him a day off.

The Red Sox are considered favorites (-125) for Wednesday's game.


MRI comes back clean for Red Sox INF Xander Bogaerts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts underwent an MRI on his injured knee, which came back negative, manager John Farrell told reporters following Tuesday's contest against Washington, per the Boston Globe.

Bogaerts suffered the injury during Monday's game, but he didn't start feeling pain until Tuesday morning. He was not included in Tuesday's lineup, and has been deemed as day to day moving forward.


Red Sox giving Xander Bogaerts MRI on sore knee


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is getting an MRI on his sore right knee, the team announced on Tuesday, per the Boston Globe.

Bogaerts suffered the injury during Monday's game, but he didn't start feeling pain until Tuesday morning. He's not in the lineup for Tuesday's game. 

"He was rounding third base, held up and there was a little bit of a slip," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "He continued on in the game with no issue, no complaint, no word of anything. Even after the game he didn’t feel anything. He came in today with increased symptoms, he was examined here and we sent him over for an MRI right now."


Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the team announced. In his place will be Brock Holt, making his second start of the season. Bogaerts has started all seven games for Boston so far this season at shortstop and is likely getting a day of rest. He is a career .277 hitter against right handers.

Also getting the day of his Shane Victorino, as Daniel Nava will replace him in right field and bat seventh. Nava is hitting .364 in 11 at-bats to start the year.

The Red Sox are currently the favorites (-124) over the Nationals.


Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts batting over .400 after six games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had a two-RBI double off Masahiro Tanaka in the fourth inning of Sunday's 14-4 loss against the Yankees. He finished the game 2 for 4.

Bogaerts has hit safely in five straight games after being held hitless in the season opener against the Phillies. He has three multihit games.

The second-year infielder is batting .407 (11 for 27) with one double, one triple, four runs, six RBI, three walks and three strikeouts in six games. He also has two stolen bases.


Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts drives in three runs vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 4 with three RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the Phillies Thursday.

''It's looking like the extra work he's doing is giving him some traction,'' manager John Farrell said of Bogaerts after the game, per the Associated Press. ''He's a little bit more balanced, a little more patient, trying to get a pitch he can handle.''

Bogaerts, who also drew a walk in the win, collected all three RBI on a bases-clearing triple in the third inning, which featured all eight of the runs on either side in the game. He has been spending more time with hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez.

"The more patient you are, the better," Bogaerts said. "Timing has been a problem for me, but it's simple: See the ball, hit the ball."

The shortstop is 4 for 11 with four RBI in his first three games.


Xander Bogaerts not comfortable at plate for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is struggling to find a comfortable stance at the plate, this spring. 

Bogaerts struggled through a slump last season, when he hit .240. He's hitting .243 this spring, and manager John Farrell said he looks "jumpy" at bat, per the Providence Journal.  

"It’s just some stuff I’d been doing a lot last year, and it’s carrying over this year," Bogaerts said. "I’m diving to the ball. I have to stay more square to the ball."


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts: 'I feel quicker, stronger'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has improved his first-step quickness as a result of his offseason training program and feels like he "can reach anything," ESPN.com reports.

"Just in general I feel quicker, stronger," Bogaerts said. "Regardless of whether you see it or not, I know what I feel, and I feel like I can reach anything."

Bogaerts had an uneven first full season at the plate, hitting .240/.297/.362 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 538 at-bats.

"I’m just one year older, but I just feel more comfortable," he said. "I struggled really badly last year. I don’t think it’ll get any worse than that. I’ve been through a lot, from the World Series through struggling that much, so what else can I do?"

After shifting between shortstop and third base in 2014, Bogaerts is in line to serve as the team's full-time shortstop in 2015.


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts strives for stronger throws


(3/8/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has struggled to release the ball with the velocity to get much-needed outs.  The 22-year-old is working to overcome nerves and make the necessary throws.

“Sometimes I catch the ball, see if it’s an easy out, and that’s when I get in trouble,” he said yesterday. “Pass it through (first baseman Mike) Napoli’s chest — that’s what I need to do. But don’t go light just because it looks easy.”

After spending the winter working out with Dustin Pedroia, he's ready to unveil his new arm. The Red Sox are noticing the time he has put in to improve.  

“If you look at his arm stroke now compared to this time a year ago, it was longer last year,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “So he would cut the ball, it would sail, it would sink, it wouldn’t have the true backspin he’s generating now, which adds to the carry of throws. He’s done quite a bit of work on just maintaining a strong front side with his direction and a shorter arm stroke to give that true rotation to the throws.”

Now that Bogaerts is showing a much more powerful arm, Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield is optimistic that his hard work will pay off.

“Bogey is in great shape, has worked hard in the offseason to get better, and that’s one of the things that sticks out to us,” Butterfield said. “We know we have a guy playing in the middle of our infield that cares about getting better and he’ll do anything he can to move up in that regard.”


Red Sox's Bogaerts restores confidence after tough year in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts admitted he lost confidence in 2014 while he was struggling to get on track offensively.

“Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad,” Bogaerts said of losing confidence, per WEEI.com. “Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it’s something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it’s just keep your head up.”

Bogaerts said the experiences he learned last season should help him well moving forward.

“It’s a really tough game,” Bogaerts said. “Especially in the Boston market — a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It’s definitely easy to lose your confidence.”


Red Sox INF coach: Xander Bogaerts' first step has improved


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield got his first look at the allegedly quicker first step of shortstop Xander Bogaerts Monday and believes he can see the difference, the Boston Herald reports.

"His first- and second-step quickness today was really good," Butterfield said Monday. "He's had days like that (before). It's always a full body of work."

Bogaerts, 22, spent the offseason working on his quickness at the EXOS Performance Institute in Phoenix -- at the suggestion of infield teammate Dustin Pedroia -- rather than train in his native Aruba. Butterfield has confidence Bogaerts can continue to improve defensively.

"Yeah I do, and I think I'm speaking for everyone else on the coaching staff, too, and that includes [manager] John Farrell," Butterfield said. "I think Bogie is ready to meet that challenge. The good thing is he's highly intelligent and he wants to be good, so he's going to do anything that he can to hold up his end of the bargain."

Butterfield also plans to work with Bogaerts on anticipating the pitch selection by studying the tendencies of the team's pitchers to help with positioning.

"One without the other, you're not going to be as good," Butterfield said. "When he gets to the point where he's consistent with both his anticipation and his first- and second-step quickness, he's going to be fine."

Bogaerts spent time at shortstop and third base last season but is expected to work exclusively at shortstop after the addition of Pablo Sandoval. The young infielder made half of his errors at third base in 2014 despite playing less than a third of his innings at the position.


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts: 'Strongest I've ever felt'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/28/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been working out at the EXOS performance institute in Arizona, the facility where second baseman Dustin Pedroia trains every offseason. ESPN.com says Bogaerts feels he's pushed himself more than ever before, "and the results are showing."

"This is probably the strongest I’ve ever felt going into a season -- and by far,” Bogaerts said, via the website. “I’m definitely real excited for the season.”

Bogaerts, 22, had an up-and-down 2014 season, his first full year in the majors. He finished at .240 with 12 homers and 46 RBI in 144 games.

He'll spend a few more weeks training in Arizona before reporting to spring training.

“I kind of never challenged my body to lift heavier weights because I’ve always tried to kind of maintain the same,” Bogaerts said. “Getting the knowledge from those kind of guys and just trusting the whole system that they have over there and just pushing your body, it’s really a difference than any years I’ve had in the past.

“It was mostly gym and conditioning and speed and stuff like that, power and speed. It was definitely something that I really enjoyed.”


Report: Mets could wait to see if Red Sox put Bogaerts on trading block


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts could be a new name that pops up on the Mets' radar as they search for a new starting shortstop.

While it appears Bogaerts will remain with Boston with newly signed Hanley Ramirez moving to left field, a Mets source told the New York Post the team will be watching the Red Sox's situation.

"It’s not like we’re knocking down their door to see if [Bogaerts] is available," the source said. "But we’ll wait and see how things shake out."