Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/20/13
While some players have been reluctant to play in the World Baseball Classic, Xander Bogaerts sounds like a guy who could be poised for another go-round in the future. Bogaerts was back at Red Sox camp on Wednesday after playing for Team Netherlands at the WBC, and the 20-year-old couldn’t help but speak glowingly of his tournament experience. “Awesome. A great experience,” Bogaerts told reporters on Wednesday. “I didn’t know it was that big. For me, it was really big because I [have] never been in the big leagues. So that was really awesome, on a really big stage, a lot of fans almost every day. So it was really, really special for me.” Bogaerts, who is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization, appeared in seven tournament games, hitting .263 (5-for-19) with two doubles and an RBI. Netherlands went 4-4 in the tourney before being eliminated by the Dominican Republic, which eventually won the championship. Bogaerts is especially grateful for the time he spent playing alongside five-time All-Star Andruw Jones. “You see him play all the time, he’s a home-grown kid,” Bogaerts said of Jones. “To be with him always and to be hanging around with him, that was awesome.  I didn’t know him personally before, but it was great to get to know him.” Bogaerts said he was very surprised by the pitching at the WBC. The infielder said that he was shocked by the amount of off-speed pitches he saw, although he felt as though he was able to make adjustments at the plate as the tournament went on. Regardless of the final results, though, one piece of advice stood above the rest. “Just stay yourself,” Bogaerts said. “No matter how many ups and downs you have, just stay yourself and have confidence in yourself. I started off slow, but guys still had confidence in me. I was surprised by that. That helped me get back on track.” Now, it’s time for Bogaerts to continue his development in the Boston organization. Judging by his excitement about the WBC, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a more confident, established and well-known Bogaerts lace up the cleats for Team Netherlands again in 2017. Have a question for Ricky Doyle? Send it to him via Twitter at @TheRickyDoyle or send it here. Photo via Facebook/Xander Bogaerts
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Titans release former Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin

Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf to Senators in blockbuster deal

Tom Brady says he’s not among the greatest QBs ever

Bosh: ‘Scary part’ is Aldridge, Spurs can get better

Warriors can continue trend with Nash at Kerr’s side

Bruins prospect Subban fractured larynx from puck hitting throat

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Johnny Manziel showed up drunk at Browns practice

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill wants more freedom

Cam Newton: ‘I’m on record as being a sore loser’

‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

Steve Spurrier says he should have retired after 2014 season

Joe Namath: Jets should take a look at Colin Kaepernick

In Inglewood, representation by NFL may come with taxation

Mets will be present for two Royals’ WS ceremonies

Best and worst free agent signings of 2016 MLB offseason

McShay: Attending Michigan signing day a 'mistake'

Wofford sets NCAA 3-point FG percentage record

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would it be smart for the Broncos to franchise Von Miller?

Ten storylines to watch heading into spring training

Seahawks release awesome Marshawn Lynch tribute video

WATCH: Alleged LeSean McCoy fight video surfaces

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker