March 24, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (72) against the Philadelphia Phillies works out prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Xander Bogaerts


The Red Sox have made a flurry of roster moves this morning, as David Ross has come off the 60-day DL and Rubby de la Rosa has been optioned to Pawtucket. However, there’s no doubt at all about what the biggest move of this eventful morning is. Legendary utility infielder Brock Holt has been optioned to Pawtucket….. for Xander Bogaerts.

Bogaerts has seen his hype rise tremendously the last two seasons, as he has grown from an unranked prospect to a consensus top five in all of baseball. He is considered by most to be the best Red Sox prospect since Hanley Ramirez, and in some senses better than Ramirez. Bogaerts, now a 20 year old shortstop, has split 2013 between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket and has hit a combined .297/.388/.477 playing primarily shortstop.

However, before getting too exciting, there are some questions about this move. Not about Bogaerts, who has done everything possible to prove himself a well-rounded player this year, but about his role. It’s strange that the Red Sox chose to call him up at a time when Stephen Drew (.317/.392/.476 in August) and Will Middlebrooks (.462/.548/.692 in August) are scorching hot.

I assume that John Farrell will at least try and get Bogaerts into the lineup three or four times a week. It’s often a bad idea to sit prospects on the bench regularly and not let them develop, but perhaps he will get some starts at third base in the next two series. Middlebrooks has struggled against righties this year, so Bogaerts could get a start or two there. However, this is a questionable move if only because he does not have a clear role.

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  • John Fahrer

    As it sits right now, the team’s likely to face two lefties in LA (one of them of course is Clayton Kershaw). They’ll definitely have him start both of those games. Chances are he starts one game each at SS and 3B this series at San Fran. Drew’s 3 for his last 24 and is need of a day off. Could give Middlebrooks a breather one of those days too. Have some right-handed power coming off the bench.

  • Rick M.

    The Messiah has arrived! I understand X Man will bypass BART and walk on water to AT & T Park.

  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Earl Nash

    Yes, Bogey will bat against LHP and let Drew sit. Both Middlebrooks and Drew are notorious streak hitters, so X-Man will get his shot at some field time. Of course, too much will be read from his first game, even his first AB; let’s reserve out “judgement” until the young man has had a chance.

    BTW, WillieMays began his major league career with no hits in his first 12 at bats. On his 13th at bat, he hit a homer over the left field fence of the Polo Grounds off future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn.[17]
    Spahn later joked, “I’ll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid
    of Willie forever if I’d only struck him out.” Mays’ average improved
    steadily throughout the rest of the season. Although his .274 average,
    68 RBI and 20 homers (in 121 games) were among the lowest of his career,
    he still won the 1951 Rookie of the Year Award.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Mays#New_York_Giants_.281951.E2.80.9357.29