Boston Red Sox call up Xander Bogaerts
20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts is set to make is big league debut against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect, rated #6 overall by MLB.com, with perfect timing in hopes that he’ll give them their boost in the pennant chase.
Xander Bogaerts (Ken Babbitt/Four Seam Images via AP Images)
The Red Sox are 73-53 and lead the Tampa Bay Rays by a game in the AL East, but they are just 3-7 in their last 10 games. The team fell to their archnemesis New York Yankees in two out of three contests this weekend. They lost on Friday and Sunday, in which the latter game was headlined by Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster beaning Alex Rodriguez and the debate if it was intentional or not.
Bogaerts is a good hit for average type of shortstop. He batted .297 this season between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket. He racks up his fair share of doubles and appears to have some speed, with 6 triples at Portland this season. Despite this, he has stolen just 7 bases and was caught three times.
The BoSox signed him as an international free agent in August 2009. He is facing a 55-68 Giants team that is in last place. Boston is 33-30 on the road this year, while the guys by the Bay are 31-31 at AT&T Park this year.
Bogaerts is going to face Tim Lincecum of the Giants on Monday. The 29-year-old right hander is looking to redeem himself from his last outing. He was roughed up on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. He surrendered six runs and two walks while giving up seven hits.
Meanwhile, Bogaerts is looking to help give Jon Lester the W. The 29-year-old lefty also most recently pitched Wednesday in a quality start but got a no-decision when the Red Sox fell in a 4-3 10th inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston is most certainly not suffering, but skids do happen in baseball. Bogaerts has the tools and could be the one to make sure the Red Sox do not take their pedal off the gas.