The Boston Red Sox called up one of the best prospects still left in the minors. His name is Xander Bogaerts. A child named Xander Bogaerts has to be pretty awesome in order to live up to that name. Luckily, Xander Bogaerts is pretty awesome.
Few players combine plus hit and power tools with enough athleticism to stay on the left side of the infield like Boston’s young stud. Bogaerts projects to be one of the premier offensive-first infielders in the game, in time.
In 2012 only seven batters hit .300 AND 30+ home runs. Of those seven, only Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera did so as non 1B/OF. Over the last five years only Troy Tulowitski and Hanley Ramirez have done so as shortstops. That’s the type of player Xander Bogaerts has a chance of becoming. He’s almost certainly going to be a very good player, potentially an All-Star and maybe even a true franchise cornerstone.
However, Xander Bogaerts was born in October of 1992. “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men was atop th...