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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 91/69 | Average Draft Position: 166.71
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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."


Report: Red Sox will stick with Bogaerts as starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Red Sox will stick with Xander Bogaerts as the starting shortstop, despite the signing of Hanley Ramirez, two team sources told The Boston Globe. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the plan is for Ramirez to play in left field.

Red Sox eager for Xander Bogaerts to work with new hitting coach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts will be in Arizona in late November to work with new hitting coach Chili Davis, according to The Boston Globe. The Red Sox want Boagerts working with Davis since he struggled offensively in 2014.

Xander Bogaerts sidelined by hamstring injury Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees due to a hamstring injury, the Boston Globe reports.

Xander Bogaerts returns to action Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts returned to action Wednesday.

Bogaerts missed the past couple games due to neck stiffness. He's set to play short and hit second in his return to the lineup. Bogaerts is hitting .237/.297/.362 over 520 at-bats. 


Red Sox scratch Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Red Sox scratched infielders Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks from the starting lineup Tuesday. Bogaerts is still dealing with neck stiffness, while Middlebrooks has a sprained right hand, the Boston Herald reports.

Xander Bogaerts back as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was right back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays after leaving Sunday's game with a stiff neck. The rookie will look to continue his strong finish. He's batting .312 (24 for 77) with four home runs and an .840 OPS in September.

Xander Bogaerts should be back Tuesday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who left Sunday's game with a stiff neck, should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, according to the Providence Journal. The injury was the aftereffect of him getting hit by a ricocheted ball in batting practice.

Though Bogaerts is having a so-so rookie season, he has been terrific in September, batting .312 (24 for 77) with four home runs and an .840 OPS.


Xander Bogaerts exits early with stiff neck


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game at the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning, and according to MassLive.com, he had a stiff neck. Jemile Weeks replaced Bogaerts in the game.

Bogaerts made just one plate appearance, and he grounded out.


Xander Bogaerts credits rest for turnaround


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who homered again Sunday at Kansas City to give him four home runs along with a .359 (23 for 64) batting average in 16 games since returning from an eight-day absence for a concussion in late August, thinks that break may have contributed to this surge, according to the Boston Herald.

"When I went down for a few days helped me out a lot," he said. "So, I feel good."

Bogaerts suggested he also benefited from the All-Star break, and the numbers back it up. In the 11 games immediately after the break, he hit .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs compared to .103 (11 for 107) with one home run in the 29 games immediately before it.

Manager John Farrell chooses to focus on the mechanical difference he sees from Bogaerts when the rookie is, in his own mind, well rested.

"Since coming back from the concussion he's been more balanced, and what it's allowed him to do is see the ball a little more clearly," said Farrell. "He's not lunging as violently to his front side and he's staying behind some swings. He's been able to carry it now for quite a while."


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Xander Bogaerts remains hot with big game against Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Red Sox were pounded at Fenway Park on Wednesday, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts can't be blamed. He was their hitting star.

Bogaerts continued a strong surge with two hits, including a solo homer in the third inning that ended the shutout for Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.

He is 17 of 43 in his last 10 games with three home runs and nine RBI.


Xander Bogaerts returns to lineup, as expected


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) As expected, Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is back in the team's lineup Saturday, after recovering from a concussion.

Bogaerts has been out a week while recovering, and he spent that time on the 7-day disabled list. He is hitting eighth in Saturday's game against the Rays, and carries a .223/.293/.333 line for the season into the action. 


Xander Bogaerts ready to return Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts has passed Major League Baseball's concussion protocal, and should be back Saturday, according to the Providence Journal

Bogaerts can return from the 7-day disabled list Saturday, and it's looking like that will happen. He's hitting .223/.293/.333 over 435 at-bats. 


Xander Bogaerts could return Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is no longer feeling the effects of his concussion, according to the Providence Journal

Bogaerts still has to pass league-mandated tests before he's cleared to return. He can come off the seven-day disabled list as early as Saturday. There's a chance he'll do that based on his progress. Bogaerts is hitting .223/.293/.333 over 435 at-bats. 


Red Sox place Xander Bogaerts on 7-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Red Sox placed infielder Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion disabled list Sunday, retroactive to Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.

Bogaerts took a changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday and hasn't played since. He underwent further concussion testing Sunday, and the team saw enough to stick him on the disabled list. He has hit .223/.293/.333 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 435 at-bats.


Xander Bogaerts set for concussion tests Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts will undergo more concussion tests Sunday, ESPNBoston.com reports.

If Bogaerts doesn't pass Sunday's testing, the Red Sox will put him on the disabled list and bring up a replacement for the active roster. He was hit on the helmet by a pitch Friday and sat out Saturday's game, and he's not in the lineup Sunday either.


Xander Bogaerts: 'I'm OK' after scary HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has declared himself fine after taking an 89 mph changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday night. He wasn't blaming Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the errant pitch.

"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentional," Bogaerts told ESPN. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."


Xander Bogaerts can't return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners, one day after he was hit by a pitch in the head. At this point, it is not clear what the nature of the issue is, but he will likely be re-evaluated throughout the day, with an update expected later.