Well that was loud. Having an almost empty stadium certainly helped elevate the volume on contact, but I still let out an audible “oh my” when that left the bat last night. According to ESPN Stats and Information, that ball traveled 444-feet. Oh, and it also broke up Chris Sale‘s no-hitter.
We know that a lot of scouts are projecting Xander Bogaerts to hit around 25 homers or more once he fills out his frame over the next couple years. It’s part of the reason the Red Sox have been so reluctant to part with him these past few seasons at the trade deadline. Keep in mind, he’s only 21 years old so he’s still got quite a bit of weight and muscle he can add on to that body. If he can hit a ball this far right now, picture what he’ll be doing in a couple years with 10-20 extra pounds of muscle.
For the past week I’ve been saying he’s due to have one leave the yard. He’s been one of their most consistent hitters, so it’s good to see him finally get one.