Red Sox top prospect is here. Xander Bogaerts, the shortstop, is making his MLB debut today. Bogaerts, 20, has been a very hyped player, and he is finally getting to show what he's got as a major leaguer.
Bogaerts, in 60 games at Triple-A Pawtucket, has a .284/.369/.453 three slash line, which includes a .822 OPS. The raw numbers also are outstanding. He has 9 homers and 32 RBI for Pawtucket, but has 15 HR and 67 RBI on the season, where he played in Double-A and Triple-A.
The question is, however, where will Bogaerts fit in to the Red Sox lineup? May people thought that Bogaerts would play third, especially when Will Middlebrooks was hurt, but he only had 10 games of minor league experience there. Then Middlebrooks recovered, and recovered his position at the hot corner. Bogaerts' natural position, shortstop, is currently held by Stephen Drew, who hits in the bottom in the Sox lineup, and has a .248 average. I believe he'll take Drew's spot, at least for the time being, due to the fact that Bogaerts has spent most of his time there.
Wherever he fits in, Bogaerts will be a huge boost to the Red Sox lineup. His exciting future is beginning, and the light of talent is blinding us all. Good luck to him as well, as he begins his career as a major leaguer.