For “X-Man” Bogaerts, First Base Marks the Spot

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 “Jaw-dropping, precocious power…” raves Baseball America about  Xander Bogaerts and the virtual consensus is that his offensive stat line will read like this: .290/35/100,–or better. But there’s hardly a consensus about where the “X-Man,”–the Red Sox #1 prospect– should he play on defense.

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  • John Fahrer

    The big reason many are thinking they shift Middlebrooks over and moving to Bogaerts to third is based on who’s more athletic.

    Though he has potential to have the offensive numbers similar to a MLB first baseman, they really are hyping up Bogaerts’ athleticism. Having him play first seems like it’d be a waste of his ability.

    A lot can happen between now and whenever Bogaerts becomes a regular. There are things he can control (sharpen his defensive tools, improve his speed, stay productive with the bat) and things out of his control (the improvement of Iglesias and other SS prospects, the emergence a new 1B or 3B prospect, trades) that will impact what the club ultimately decides to do with him.