Boston Red Sox Promote Shortstop Xander Bogaerts
The man Boston Red Sox fans have heard of for the past two seasons has finally arrived. As they head out to San Francisco, the Red Sox have recalled their top prospect Xander Bogaerts.
Bogaerts, a shortshop and potentially a third baseman, has played in double A and triple A ball this season. The Red Sox are heading to the west coast for a six game road trip in Los Angeles and San Francisco all this week. They have lost three series in a row and their bats have gone cold.
In 60 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox Bogaerts hit .284 with a .369 OBP and has played mostly shortstop. To make room for him on the roster the Sox sent down utility man Brock Holt and also placed pitchers Clay Buchholz and Andrew Bailey on the 60 day disabled list.
With Will Middlebrooks going 12-for-26 since being recalled back up, it appears unlikely that Bogaerts would take over the third base position. However, current starting shortstop Stephen Drew is 3-for24 in his last few games yet has started the past 25 games. He is hitting .125 and has been poor defensively of late.
Some have speculated that Bogaerts and Drew will have a platoon at shortstop, but it doesn’t seem wise for the 20 year old phenom to site at all. The Sox desperately need right handed power with the recent slump of Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia apparently battling some sort of injury.
A spark could also be needed. Boston just lost two out of three at home to the Yankees and now the Tampa Bay Rays are just a game back of Boston, and the Red Sox have to face the hottest team in baseball, the Dodgers, later on this week.
Is Bogarets the answer? It is hard to say he will be Yasiel Puig part two, but he could be something the Sox need.