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.
Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielderJonny Gomes
(left) and second basemanDustin Pedroia
(right) react after shortstopXander Bogaerts
(72) scores on a grand slam hit by right fielderShane 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
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.