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.