23-Year-Old Shortstop – Boston Red Sox
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Ever since Bogaerts made his debut in 2013, the baseball world has been waiting for a breakout star to emerge. It didnít happen in 2014 ó he struggled for much of the season, and was moved between sho...
Xander Bogaerts Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $517,000 contract with Boston in March 2014.
Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with his 21st homer and two strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Xander Bogaerts||3-Year Averages||106||430||398||50||112||28||21||1||6||44||4||1||25||84||1||3||3||.281||.326||.384||.711|
|Career (View All)||475||2,017||1,847||266||528||145||99||5||41||221||26||9||134||375||5||14||17||.286||.337||.411||.749|
|Sep. 22||@Bal||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||27||3||9||2||1||1||1||4||5||0||0||0||0||1||.333||.419||.593||1.012|
|Last 14 Games||49||6||12||2||1||1||1||8||13||0||0||0||0||1||.245||.351||.388||.739|
|Last 30 Games||116||23||28||6||1||5||13||15||27||0||1||1||0||2||.241||.333||.440||.773|
Xander Bogaerts: MLB Games Played By Position
Xander Bogaerts Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Xander Bogaerts||3-Year Averages||430||398||5.8%||19.5%||0.30||79%||.344||.103|
2016 Stat Review for Xander Bogaerts As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsAbad, Fernando (P)
AAABoesch, Brennan (OF)
A+Ball, Trey (P)
AAnderson, Shaun (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bogaerts entered the 2014 season with high expectations coming off his preternatural contributions to Boston's championship team in 2013. The organization's top prospect opened the season as the team's starting shortstop, but questions about his defense emerged early. Despite that, he was one of the few players hitting in a sorry lineup through April and May. With the Red Sox needing any kind of a spark, they signed Stephen Drew and forced Bogaerts to shift to third base. This chain of events was followed by a summer stretch in which Bogaerts' offense went idle. He hit just .161 from June through August and struck out in 26.5% of his plate appearances, compared to 20.5% the rest of the season. The position change was cited by some as the trigger for the drop-off, but it was more likely a result of pitchers catching up to him and feeding him a steady diet of sliders. He eventually made adjustments and had a strong September, but is still unclear what happened to his ability to work the count -- his walk rate dropped from 11.2% in April/May to 3.8% his plate appearances after June. The plan calls for Bogaerts to start at shortstop in 2015 and he should stay there all season with free-agent addition Pablo Sandoval manning the hot corner.
Bogaerts played at three levels of the organization in 2013, including the final few months in Boston, where he earned regular playing time in the playoffs and World Series. He's the unquestioned top prospect in the organization and will have a full-time role when the upcoming campaign opens. Up until last season, Bogaerts was exclusively a shortstop, but the Red Sox had him train at third base next to Stephen Drew. It's presumed that he'll be the everyday shortstop with Drew out of the picture this year, though the Red Sox are interested in adding an infielder to the left side. His growth as a hitter in 2013 was displayed by increased patience and a knack for making in-game adjustments at the plate. The one knock on Bogaerts as a hitter was his aggressiveness, but he incorporated patience as part of his hitting plan last season, boosting his walk rate from 0.34 per game in 2012 to last year's 0.53. As we saw in the postseason, he drew some big walks in Boston's World Series run.
Bogaerts moves to the head of the organization's prospect class after a two-level year, in which he bashed 20 homers and hit .307/.373/.523 at High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. The adjustments in approach he put into practice at Low-A helped prepare him for Double-A, where he did not experience the typical struggles of a young hitter facing advanced-level pitching. He is on the fast track to Boston and will work at the major league camp during spring training. The one thing that may alter his trajectory is a position shift. Bogaerts is currently a shortstop, but he is young and his body is still developing. A position switch is not out of the question, especially if Bogaerts' power stroke continues to develop. It is not hard to envision a start at Double-A; a mid-year promotion to Triple-A; followed by a September callup.
Bogaerts made a significant splash into professional baseball in 2011, bypassing short-season ball and getting a mid-season placement at Low-A Greenville, where he hit 16 homers in 265 at-bats. The power stroke is there; he just needs to learn how to better manage his plate appearances. He's playing shortstop, and at just 19, the organization will leave him where he is for now, but his body projects to add more mass and he could find a position switch somewhere down the line. Look for him to continue to develop a plate approach at Greenville with a promotion to High-A Salem likely. He's a good name to stash away on your prospect charts.
Bogaerts, 18, was signed as an international free agent in 2009 and played in the Dominican Summer League in 2010. He's a shortstop now, but projects to add more muscle and may find himself moving to third base. He's very raw in terms of pitch recognition and plate discipline, but the Red Sox like his swing mechanics. He'll likely stay behind in extended spring training before getting a peek at Short-Season Lowell in June.