Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (left) and second baseman Dustin Pedroia (right) react after shortstop Xander Bogaerts (72) scores on a grand slam hit by right fielder Shane Victorino (not pictured) during the seventh inning in game six of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Sox "X" Factor Xander Bogaerts Making An Impact


The breakneck progress of Xander Bogaerts through the Red Sox farm system has been a 2013 story that just might have a stellar conclusion. His physical credentials speak for themselves. Bogaerts is an athletic 6′ 3″, 185 lb. multi-tool player seemingly made for baseball. What Sox fans now see emerging is a mature beyond his years player of potentially significant stature.

At 21, the Aruba native is not done done filling out, which is why Boston has worked with the natural shortstop and converted him to a third baseman – for now. Bogarts could potentially play first base or the outfield for the Red Sox if and when he’s needed. Tonight, he’ll likely be Boston’s starting third baseman again. Why?

At .333, Bogaerts is Boston’s second leading postseason hitter behind Jacoby Ellsbury‘s torrid .372 pace (hello free agency, nice to meet you). In just nine postseason plate appearances Boagarts has scored seven times and has a sick OPS of 1.002.

He’s has three hits, all of them doubles and has drawn five walks. He doesn’t look like a rookie at the plate. He looks like a patient grinder, just the kind of profile the Red Sox value. His fielding has been a perfect 1.000.

When compared to Will Middlebrooks‘ .174 average the reasons to keep the hot kid in the lineup become even more compelling. Until Bogaerts cools off Middlebrooks will be cooling his heels.

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  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Earl Nash

    Captures the nature of this Wunderkind; I hope that, when he is done filling out, he can still fit on the Left side of the INF; I still wonder if he will migrate to 1b in a few years…His maturity and character are so impressive. When Pedroia retires, X-Man will be the Face of the Franchise.