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2 Xander Bogaerts SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/185 | Birthdate: 10/1/1992 | Birthplace: Oranjestad, Aruba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 77/33 | Average Draft Position: 168.86
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Xander Bogaerts moving back to shortstop?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday he hasn't ruled out moving Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop this season. However, manager John Farrell took a different stance Thursday, per MLB.com.

"We don't want to move Xander back and forth. We want some stability defensively," Farrell said. "Until that combination of players changes, we'll stay as is."


Manager backs slumping Xander Bogaerts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) John Farrell has expressed support for Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts despite monumental struggles at the plate. The manager is planning to keep Bogaerts in the lineup.

"The one message we've been very strong and clear on is that we're committed to him," Farrell told the Providence Journal. "The one thing that we have to do is be consistent with him. He feels and senses the positive view of him. That is a long-term player for us, and we're not going to abandon someone because there's some growing pains along the way."

Bogaerts owned a .395 on-base percentage and .464 slugging percentage after more than 200 plate appearances. But he is hitting a disturbing .110 with a .151 OBP in his last 106 plate appearances with 29 strikeouts and just four walks. He has been flailing away at pitches out of the zone and has been dropped to ninth in the batting order.


Keep the faith in Xander Bogaerts


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Xander Bogaerts' starting rate has dropped from 86 to 40 percent in the last four weeks, which is fine. He's been in a debilitating slump since about the time the Red Sox moved him from shortstop to third base, batting .078 (6 for 77) in 21 games (going hitless in 15 of them), so you can understand why Fantasy owners would want to try their luck with someone else.

But what concerns me is how his ownership rate has dropped from 95 to 82 during that same time.

Granted, it's your team, and anything that prevents you from running it your way is not in the spirit of Fantasy Baseball ... so, you know, take whatever I have to say however you need to take it. But Bogaerts was as high-end as prospects get coming into the year and, less a month ago, was meeting expectatons and then some with a .299 batting average and .840 OPS. He's eligible at the two weakest positions in Fantasy and is as capable as anyone at either of elevating his game to the highest stratosphere in the second half.

I won't argue this slump has been really bad, almost unbelievably bad, but it's also been fairly short. When a player with his ability lives up to it 75 percent of the time, why focus on the 25 percent of the time he doesn't?


Red Sox not considering demotion for Xander Bogaerts


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) In spite of infielder Xander Bogaerts continued struggles at the plate, Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB.com the team is not thinking about sending him down to the minors for some more seasoning.

"We haven't even considered that," Farrell said.

Bogaerts entered play Wednesday 0 for his last 19 and 2 for 42 since June 18. He is hitting .242/.322/.366 in 298 at-bats over 80 games during his rookie season. 


Slumping Xander Bogaerts not starting Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Scuffling Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts has been given the day off for the Saturday game in Oakland. Jonathan Hererra is set to man the position.

Bogaerts hasn't had a hit in 12 at-bats since Tuesday. He has also in a 4-for-43 slide that has lowered his average from .299 to .265.


Xander Bogaerts back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) An illness limited Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts to pinch-running duties Sunday, but he was back in the lineup Monday against the Twins. Bogaerts, who will bat second, is hitting .278 with six homers and 18 RBI in 245 at-bats.

Xander Bogaerts dealing with an illness Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts was not in the team's starting lineup Sunday due to an illness, according to the Boston Globe

Bogaerts came to the clubhouse dealing with an illness and will not play. There's hope Bogaerts will be able to return to the starting lineup Monday. He's hitting .278/.366/.429 over 245 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts getting a break Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

It's a normal day of rest for Bogaerts. Brock Holt will get the start at third base with Bogaerts out. Over 237 at-bats, Bogaerts is hitting .278/.367/.422.


Xander Bogaerts won't blame slump on new position


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts won't blame his recent slump on playing third base, according to WEEI.

"I really don’t think so," said Bogaerts when asked about the issue. "It’s just a matter of maybe a bit more work over there at third. I’m not saying I lost my focus on hitting, but sometimes you tend to try to fix things more over there."

Bogaerts is hitting just .163 in June, though the first game of his current slump actually came with him playing short. Bogaerts said he hasn't been able to get his barrel on balls recently, but doesn't think it's a big problem going forward. "We all make mistakes. We all struggle. We all go through tough stretches. I’m going to be fine."


Xander Bogaerts not sweating slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) A hitless slide that has reached four full games covering 16 at-bats doesn't seem to be fazing Red Sox rookie shortstop-turned-third baseman Xander Bogaerts.

"I'm going to be fine," he told WEEI.com after going 0 for 4 Wednesday night. "Sit back, relax and enjoy."

Bogaerts, who has been prone to hot and cold spells this season, now owns a .278 average that is at its lowest point since May 27.


Xander Bogaerts smashes fifth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 5-3 loss to the Indians Tuesday.

Bogaerts hasn't let the shift to third base affect him at the plate, as he's 4 for 8 with two home runs in his last two games. He has hit .304/.395/.464 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 207 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts goes yard in loss to Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was the only bright spot on offense Monday night against the Indians.

Bogaerts launched a two-run shot off reliever Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning. He added a singled and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 3-2 defeat. He is hitting .300 with four homers and 15 RBI in 203 at-bats.

Xander Bogaerts continues to rake in the second spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts continued to flourish in the second hole Friday night against Tampa Bay. He smacked three more hits, including an RBI double in the seventh inning that tied the game.

Bogaerts is 14 for 35 with four doubles since the elevation in the lineup in raising his batting average from .279 to .304.


Xander Bogaerts in the early stages of breakout run?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) It's nice to finally see Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts go on a hot streak since Fantasy owners were losing a little faith in the 21-year-old infielder following a slow start. He's batting .355 with a .565 slugging percentage and .985 OPS in his last 16 games, which has given Red Sox manager John Farrell the opportunity to move him up to second in the batting order.

It's not surprising Bogaerts is doing his best work against fastballs. He's batting .333 with a .513 slugging percentage and .396 BABIP against fastballs this season, per BrooksBaseball.net. He's also doing well with offspeed pitches, batting .316 with a .429 BABIP. Though, he's having trouble with breaking pitches, batting .143 with a .261 BABIP. Perhaps it's not too shocking to see a young hitter struggle with major-league breaking pitches, but at least he's performing well against fastballs and offspeed pitches.

Bogaerts is a special talent and should be a standout Fantasy player one day. It's encouraging to see him batting second. He should see some good pitches hitting in front of Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. I did move him up in my rankings at shortstop and third base, and hopefully this is the start of his breakout run.


Xander Bogaerts collects three hits Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts picked up three hits Wednesday against the Braves.

Bogaerts reached in his first three plate appearances. He walked his first time up, added a double his second time up and singled his third time up. After striking out in his fourth at-bat, Bogaerts came back and hit another single. He finished the game 3 for 4, with one run scored and no RBI.

Bogaerts is hitting .287/.383/.414 in 181 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts in lineup Sunday vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) As expected, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

Bogaerts exited play Saturday with a hamstring cramp, but he said after the game the crap disappeared once the trainers worked on his leg. He has hit .279/.370/.406 with three home runs and nine RBI in 165 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts expects to play Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts expects to play Sunday after exiting Saturday's game with a hamstring cramp, MassLive.com reports.

Bogaerts said that the trainers worked out his cramp after he was removed from Saturday's game, so he should be good to go for Sunday provided it doesn't return. He has hit .279/.370/.406 with three home runs and nine RBI in 165 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts exits game Saturday with hamstring cramp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was removed from Saturday's game against the Rays due to a cramp in his right hamstring, the team announced.

Bogaerts was 2 for 5 and scored a run before being removed in the bottom of the 11th. He appeared to injure the hamstring in the top of the 11th inning while striking out. Bogaerts has hit .279/.370/.406 with three home runs and nine RBI in 165 at-bats.


John Farrell explains unusual batting order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) John Farrell defended his scrambled lineup Friday for his Red Sox team that owns the longest losing streak in baseball at seven games.

The starting nine features Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts in the first two spots with Dustin Pedroia batting third and David Ortiz fourth.

"(I'm) looking for added length," he told the team website. "We haven't been able to gain continuity."

Farrell also cited quality at-bats from Holt and Bogaerts recently. The former has five hits in his last nine at-bats while the latter has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games to raise his batting average from .252 to .282.


Xander Bogaerts finally getting results on offense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts tied a season-high with three hits Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He had two doubles, one RBI and one run.

Bogaerts has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. He's batting .394 (13 for 33) with one triple, one home run, three doubles and three RBI in that span.

“I have been hitting the ball pretty well lately but with no results,” Bogaerts said, per the Boston Herald. "Hard hit line outs, hard hit ground balls and deep fly balls and I’ve been driving the ball. I came in here today pretty excited to be in the lineup and just try and help my team."

Bogaerts has raised his average from .252 to .283 during his latest hot streak.

"It’s just some little stuff because I had been fouling off too many balls," Bogaerts said. "I kind talked to the hitting coach like what I was feeling and we kind of agreed on what it was. It was something that needed fixing and I fixed it. Guys are throwing me a lot of first-pitch strikes and I’m changing my approach sometimes."


Xander Bogaerts' value unchanged


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/2014) Though the Red Sox signed Stephen Drew Tuesday to be their primary shortstop, Xander Bogaerts' playing time isn't in jeopardy. He already has experience at third base, having played there down the stretch last season, and the Red Sox are without starting third baseman Will Middlebrooks at the moment.

And the truth is they weren't missing much with Middlebrooks sidelined by a broken finger. For the second straight season, his batting average has hovered around the Mendoza line. Considering his swing-at-anything approach doesn't exactly mesh with the organizational philosophy, he needs to perform to stay in the Red Sox's good graces.

Bogaerts hasn't set the world on fire himself, but at least he's reached base at a .369 clip. As important as he is to the Red Sox's future, he'd have to fall into a deep slump between now and Middlebrooks' return to be the odd man out.


Xander Bogaerts to see time at third and short


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts will see time at both third and short, according to the Providence Journal.

With Stephen Drew rejoining the club, Bogaerts will move around the diamond. Bogaerts will play third base against righties, and will move to short against some lefties. He may be in a bit of a platoon role at both third and short once Will Middlebrooks returns, though that's not 100 percent clear at this time. 

Bogaerts is hitting .269 through 145 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts feels hits are 'around the corner'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell believes Xander Bogaerts may be chasing pitches that aren't in the strike zone. However, Bogaerts believes he's been unlucky at the plate lately, the Boston Herald reports.

"I've got a few at-bats where I've hit the ball hard right at someone," Bogaerts said. "In Toronto, I hit into a double play with a runner on second on a hard-hit ball. When it ain't falling, it ain't falling. But (the hits) are right around the corner. They're coming. It's a matter of time, man, once it all turns around."

The rookie shortstop has just four hits in his last 32 at-bats, with eight strikeouts with runners in scoring position. He is hitting .268 with one home run and five RBI in 112 at-bats.

Xander Bogaerts out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Red Sox rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been given the night off for the Wednesday clash against Cincinnati. Jonathan Herrera has taken his place.

Bogaerts has been steady at the plate in recent weeks. He's hit safely in all but three games since April 16 and owns a stat line of .268/.357/.379.


Xander Bogaerts struggling with runners in scoring position


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been great with the bases empty. He is batting .328 with a .438 on-base percentage when he steps to the plate with no runners on base.

The only issue is that he struggles with runners on base, particularly with runners in scoring position. He is batting just .125 with a .188 slugging percentage and four RBI with runners in scoring position through 26 games. Despite his struggles in this area, Bogaerts' confidence is not shaken.

"What’s going on right now is that things aren’t falling," Bogaerts said, per WEEI.com. "The hits aren’t coming when I need them, but it’ll turn around. You can’t keep a good man down for too long."

Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn feels Bogaerts is performing well at the plate despite his struggles in clutch at-bats.

"He’s doing well overall," Colbrunn said. "He’s swinging the bat good, seeing a lot of pitches and drawing walks. He might be pressing just a little with runners in scoring position, but for the most part, he’s stayed within himself and we’re going to continue to do what we’re doing and just try to concentrate on keeping positive."