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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
597 .275 16 71 70 11 112 2.5
Birth Date10-1-1992
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age26 years, 5 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.82015
3.42016
2.42017
4.92018
2.52019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 BOS 20 18 50 11 2 0 1 5 13 0 1 0 .250 .320 .364 73 -1.4 1.1 0.1 0.2
2014 BOS 21 144 594 129 28 1 12 39 138 8 2 3 .240 .297 .362 89 -6.7 3.0 -10.1 0.8
2015 BOS 22 156 654 196 35 3 7 32 101 3 10 2 .320 .355 .421 105 6.2 4.8 -1.6 3.8
2016 BOS 23 157 719 192 34 1 21 58 123 6 13 4 .294 .356 .446 112 11.7 3.3 -11.9 3.4
2017 BOS 24 148 635 156 32 6 10 56 116 6 15 1 .273 .343 .403 98 0.5 5.5 -9.2 2.4
2018 BOS 25 136 580 148 45 3 23 55 102 6 8 2 .289 .360 .522 130 22.8 -0.2 1.5 4.9
Career75932328321761474245593294912.284.343.42910633.017.4-31.215.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2011 GRN A SAL 72 296 .255 .327 .382 .291 110 4.9 8.6 3.8 116 0 5.1 -0.5 0.2 1.8
2012 SLM A+ CAR 104 435 .257 .328 .394 .353 97 23.3 13.0 5.2 146 0 -6.2 -2.0 10.8 2.1
2012 PME AA EAS 23 97 .253 .323 .383 .373 104 6.7 2.7 1 141 0 2.4 -1.4 2.7 0.8
2013 BOS MLB AL 18 50 .279 .341 .472 .323 102 1.8 1.3 0.4 73 11 0.1 1.1 -1.4 0.2
2013 PME AA EAS 56 259 .255 .331 .386 .378 102 16.7 7.0 2 151 0 -5.5 1.9 9.2 1.6
2013 PAW AAA INT 60 256 .258 .327 .389 .320 101 6.6 7.4 2.8 143 0 -6.6 1.5 8.4 1.4
2013 NED int WBC 7 24 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 BOS MLB AL 144 594 .250 .311 .389 .296 101 -6.1 15.3 5.6 89 8 -10.1 3.0 -6.7 0.8
2015 BOS MLB AL 156 654 .251 .311 .404 .372 115 1.4 17.7 8.1 105 9 -1.6 4.8 6.2 3.8
2016 BOS MLB AL 157 719 .256 .319 .424 .335 115 3.7 20.3 9.4 112 8 -11.9 3.3 11.7 3.4
2017 BOS MLB AL 148 635 .253 .320 .423 .327 104 -0.7 18.6 8.5 98 8 -9.2 5.5 0.5 2.4
2018 BOS MLB AL 136 580 .251 .321 .419 .317 107 26.2 16.2 7.5 130 7 1.5 -0.2 22.8 4.9
2018 PAW AAA INT 1 3 .280 .323 .451 .500 90 2.1 0.1 0 150 0 -0.1 -0.5 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2011 GRN A SAL 296 265 38 69 14 2 16 135 45 25 71 1 3 .260 .324 .509 .249 4 0
2012 PME AA EAS 97 92 12 30 10 0 5 55 17 1 21 1 1 .326 .351 .598 .272 1 0
2012 SLM A+ CAR 435 384 59 116 27 3 15 194 64 43 85 4 4 .302 .378 .505 .203 2 1
2013 NED int WBC 24 19 1 5 2 0 0 7 1 3 3 0 0 .263 .364 .368 .105 0 2
2013 PME AA EAS 259 219 40 68 12 6 6 110 35 35 51 5 1 .311 .407 .502 .192 2 1
2013 PAW AAA INT 256 225 32 64 11 0 9 102 32 28 44 2 2 .284 .369 .453 .169 0 1
2013 BOS MLB AL 50 44 7 11 2 0 1 16 5 5 13 1 0 .250 .320 .364 .114 1 0
2014 BOS MLB AL 594 538 60 129 28 1 12 195 46 39 138 2 3 .240 .297 .362 .123 7
2015 BOS MLB AL 654 613 84 196 35 3 7 258 81 32 101 10 2 .320 .355 .421 .101 3 3
2016 BOS MLB AL 719 652 115 192 34 1 21 291 89 58 123 13 4 .294 .356 .446 .152 3 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 635 571 94 156 32 6 10 230 62 56 116 15 1 .273 .343 .403 .130 2 0
2018 PAW AAA INT 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 2.000 1.333 0 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 580 513 72 148 45 3 23 268 103 55 102 8 2 .289 .360 .522 .234 6 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 205 0.4293 0.4537 0.7312 0.7045 0.2650 0.8548 0.4839 0.2688 0.0027
2014 2420 0.5145 0.4479 0.7666 0.6040 0.2826 0.8524 0.5723 0.2334 0.0063
2015 2517 0.4998 0.4887 0.7959 0.6439 0.3336 0.8630 0.6667 0.2041 0.0053
2016 2820 0.4691 0.4521 0.8008 0.6017 0.3200 0.8957 0.6430 0.1992 0.0000
2017 2556 0.4695 0.4151 0.7917 0.5508 0.2950 0.8971 0.6175 0.2083 0.0000
2018 2352 0.4609 0.4315 0.7892 0.6172 0.2729 0.8804 0.6127 0.2108 0.0000
Career128700.48160.44740.78840.60470.30120.87800.62120.21160.0023

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-28 2014-09-29 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-09-22 2014-09-24 DTD 2 1 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-08-23 2014-08-30 7-DL 7 6 - Head Concussion HBP -
2014-06-15 2014-06-16 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2014-05-25 2014-05-25 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $12,000,000
2018 BOS $7,050,000
2017 BOS $4,500,000
2016 BOS $650,000
2015 BOS $543,000
2014 BOS $517,000
2013 BOS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$13,260,000
2018Current$12,000,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$25,260,000
6 yrTotal$25,260,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 42 dBoras Corp.1 year/$12M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$12M (2019). Re-signed by Boston 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$7.05M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2017). Re-signed by Boston 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.543M (2015). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • 1 year/$0.517M (2014). Re-signed by Boston 3/7/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Boston 8/19/13.
  • Signed by Boston 2009 as an amateur free agent from Aruba. $0.41M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 639 83 170 35 4 19 81 70 107 12 3 .304 .388 .483 129 50.1 SS -9 4.3
80o 625 79 161 33 4 18 77 66 107 12 3 .293 .374 .466 123 43.7 SS -9 3.6
70o 614 76 156 32 4 18 74 63 107 11 2 .288 .368 .462 119 39.2 SS -8 3.2
60o 605 74 150 31 4 17 72 61 106 11 2 .281 .360 .449 116 35.4 SS -8 2.8
50o 597 71 145 30 4 16 70 59 106 11 2 .275 .352 .438 113 32.0 SS -8 2.5
40o 589 69 140 29 3 16 67 57 106 10 2 .268 .345 .427 109 28.6 SS -8 2.2
30o 580 67 135 28 3 15 65 55 105 10 2 .262 .339 .416 106 25.1 SS -8 1.8
20o 569 64 130 27 3 15 63 53 105 9 2 .256 .332 .410 102 21.2 SS -8 1.5
10o 555 60 122 25 3 14 59 50 104 9 2 .246 .319 .393 96 15.9 SS -8 0.9
Weighted Mean59872147304177060106112.278.356.44611332.4SS -82.5

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20202754871135283146556969.281.361.4411152.631.62.03.614.112.0-7.5
20212856675141293166960998.283.365.4491172.934.11.93.514.514.2-7.7
20222955271133273146558986.276.359.4331112.328.51.73.314.29.4-7.5
20233054671133282156558975.278.360.4361132.429.61.53.114.011.0-7.4
202431563731392931567591023.279.360.4381132.430.21.43.014.511.3-7.7
20253254671133272156556991.276.357.4321112.227.51.32.814.09.4-7.4
20263350465122262136053920.275.358.4341132.126.11.12.413.09.6-6.9
20273449362114253125652910.263.348.4181061.520.71.12.212.74.7-6.7
20283544256104222115047810.269.354.4201091.519.91.01.911.45.7-6.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 91 Jose Reyes 2009 94
2 89 Yunel Escobar 2009 112
3 88 J.J. Hardy 2009 80
4 87 John Valentin 1993 103
5 87 Starlin Castro 2016 93
6 86 Derek Jeter 2000 124
7 86 Barry Larkin 1990 109
8 85 Jim Fregosi 1968 103
9 84 Toby Harrah 1975 144
10 84 Dickie Thon 1984 72
11 83 Cecil Travis 1940 112
12 83 Roberto Alomar 1994 112
13 83 Harvey Kuenn 1957 99
14 83 Johnny Lipon 1949 99
15 82 Paul Molitor 1983 107
16 82 Ray Boone 1950 112
17 82 Billy Herman 1936 112
18 81 Lyn Lary 1932 87
19 81 Charlie Hollocher 1922 116
20 81 Stu Martin 1939 72
21 81 Nomar Garciaparra 2000 153
22 81 Lou Boudreau 1944 128
23 81 Robin Yount 1982 154
24 81 Alan Trammell 1984 129
25 81 Frankie Frisch 1924 125
26 80 Brad Miller 2016 106
27 80 Chris Speier 1976 84
28 80 Sal Bando 1970 131
29 80 Phil Linz 1965 77
30 80 Cal Ripken Jr. 1987 105
31 80 Marcus Giles 2004 106
32 80 Rafael Furcal 2004 94
33 80 Martin Prado 2010 114
34 80 Dick McAuliffe 1966 130
35 80 Rich Rollins 1964 101
36 80 Angel Berroa 2006 46
37 80 Edgardo Alfonzo 2000 148
38 80 Jeff Blauser 1992 117
39 80 Woody English 1932 80
40 80 Carl Furillo 1948 104
41 79 Pete Rose 1967 125
42 79 Joe Cronin 1933 135
43 79 Ryne Sandberg 1986 98
44 79 Bob Elliott 1943 132
45 79 Jo-Jo Moore 1935 106
46 79 Asdrubal Cabrera 2012 108
47 79 Travis Jackson 1930 123
48 79 Scott Leius 1992 77
49 79 Elvis Andrus 2015 87
50 79 Odubel Herrera 2018 93
51 79 Carney Lansford 1983 129
52 79 Pie Traynor 1925 117
53 78 Barney McCosky 1943 0 DNP
54 78 Floyd Robinson 1962 112
55 78 Edgar Renteria 2003 124
56 78 Troy Tulowitzki 2011 139
57 78 Wally Moses 1937 125
58 78 George Brett 1979 140
59 78 Carlos Baerga 1995 112
60 78 Tommy Brown 1954 0 DNP
61 78 Andy Pafko 1947 104
62 78 Minnie Minoso 1952 120
63 78 Kevin Seitzer 1988 119
64 78 Todd Zeile 1992 111
65 78 Harry Rice 1928 105
66 78 Bob Bailor 1978 81
67 78 Gene Locklear 1976 54
68 78 Lew Riggs 1936 83
69 78 Jack Lohrke 1950 73
70 78 Chase Utley 2005 126
71 78 Juan Rivera 2005 110
72 78 Bill Doran 1984 94
73 77 Charles Thomas 2005 71
74 77 Ian Kinsler 2008 129
75 77 Oscar Gamble 1976 111
76 77 Jackie Jensen 1953 111
77 77 Gene Richards 1980 103
78 77 Bert Campaneris 1968 104
79 77 Jim Lefebvre 1968 98
80 77 Dan Driessen 1978 102
81 77 Chris Brown 1988 73
82 77 Brett Lawrie 2016 86
83 77 Jose Vidro 2001 113
84 77 Ron Oester 1982 81
85 77 Bob Johnson 1962 98
86 77 Charlie Gehringer 1929 139
87 77 Bill Sample 1981 108
88 77 Warren Morris 2000 78
89 77 Denis Menke 1967 98
90 77 Carl Crawford 2008 94
91 77 Ian Desmond 2012 120
92 77 Bob Bailey 1969 95
93 77 Bump Wills 1979 91
94 77 Puddin Head Jones 1952 100
95 77 Magglio Ordonez 2000 125
96 77 Cass Michaels 1952 87
97 77 Red Kress 1931 117
98 77 Todd Walker 1999 83
99 77 Dave Chalk 1977 96
100 76 Don Baylor 1975 138

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Edgar Renteria. Alex Gonzalez. Julio Lugo. Nick Green. Marco Scutaro. Mike Aviles. Stephen Drew. Those are the seven shortstops the Red Sox relied on as primary starters in the decade between Nomar Garciaparra and Xander Bogaerts. You would think that’d buy Bogaerts a long leash, but this is Boston, so you’d be wrong. In a way, Red Sox Nation’s frustration with Bogaerts is understandable. He has so much talent that watching him struggle as he did for much of 2017 is tough, even if the wrist injury he suffered in early July was an obvious limiting factor. Bogaerts has too much power to only hit 10 homers, and too quick a bat to only hit .273, yet here we are. But even Bogaerts at his worst was the 16th best shortstop in the majors by BWARP, and he’s now a 25-year-old who has averaged three wins over the last three seasons. Bogaerts might not be Carlos Correa or Corey Seager, but he’s only a tier below those players at his peak and still a serviceable everyday shortstop at his valley. If the Sox allow him to reach free agency after 2019, you can bet some team will pay richly for Bogaerts to end their own shortstop drought.
2017 You’re pretty greedy if you see Bogaerts’ 2016 performance and demand more, yet it was impossible to watch Bogey in the second half and ignore the untapped potential. Overall, Bogaerts was excellent last season. He finished second in hits and eighth in OBP among qualified shortstops, and continued to look adequate (and very handsome) in the field. He was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger and reached career highs in almost every counting stat, all during his age-23 season. Still, Bogaerts’ .253/.317/.412 line in the second half was a let-down and helped put the Bogaerts vs. Mookie Betts debate to bed...for now. Bogaerts is still so young and talented that it’s easy to envision him learning to turn those months-long slumps into just week-long slumps, emerging as a bonafide MVP candidate in the not-so-distant future. It’s not his fault that anything less will feel like a disappointment, but such is life when you starve a city hungry for shortstop talent for nearly a decade.
2016 This is not the Xander Bogaerts we were promised. As a prospect, Bogaerts was labeled as a third baseman masquerading as a shortstop, but one whose plus power would yield immediate results. In 2015, the Sox were gifted a competent defensive shortstop with an impressive hit tool, but one whose power failed to shine. Homers are at a premium in the game today, and you can argue that the Bogaerts who existed in the minds of so many scouts would be the superior version. But legitimate shortstops who can bat in the top third of the order are something altogether more rare, and that's very much who Bogaerts is already at the age of 23.

His transformation is remarkable for several reasons, first among them his glove work. In 2014, he was a defensive trainwreck, showing poor range and an inability to make accurate throws in high-pressure situations. It turns out renowned infielder coach Brian Butterfield is renowned for a reason, and Bogaerts is now a legitimate shortstop through and through, capable of making every routine play and the occasional spectacular one. But he didn't just show up a new fielder in 2015; he also totally changed his approach to hitting. Known for power and patience in the minors, he cut down his walks and strikeouts by swinging earlier in the count, pushing the ball the other way a ton and riding a .372 BABIP to the majors' fifth-best average. The Aruban even ran a bit, going 10-for-12 in steal attempts and posting positive baserunning numbers.

The hope, of course, is that it all comes together. That Bogaerts remains a staunch defender, above-average runner and good hitter while allowing his natural plus power to surface. The fear is that he's lost his pop and is too reliant on weak contact, making him a solid player but not altogether special. Odds dictate he'll end up somewhere between those two outcomes, but when you see the ease with which he can generate loft and how he makes adjustments, it's tough to bet against him blossoming into a star. Whether you prefer Bogaerts or Mookie Betts is a question of taste, but there's no doubt that either iteration of Bogaerts is what a franchise cornerstone looks like in today's game.
2015 No Red Sox regular better represented man's hubris in a dark and dismal 2014 season than Bogaerts. He was The Savior, The Chosen One. He was to bring balance and a long-term solution to the shortstop position for the first time since Boston's last wunderkind, Nomar Garciaparra, left town in 2004. After watching Bogaerts excel in the postseason in 2013, it seemed unfathomable he'd do anything but take the league by storm. He did indeed show flashes of that player in 2014, but overall his rookie campaign was a major disappointment. He struck out in nearly a quarter of his plate appearances. He hit just .143 against sliders, per Brooks Baseball. He made several errors that ended up costing the Red Sox games. And he appeared mentally unequipped to handle a temporary move from shortstop to third base, giving sports talk radio admirers in Boston even more ammunition against the Drew family. Of course, it wasn't all bad. Bogaerts hit quite well in April, May and September, slammed 12 homers and appeared to make defensive progress as the season went on. But while he's hardly the first young player to be humbled by the game of baseball, Bogaerts left us with more questions than he answered. He's still arguably the most important player in Boston's organization, and his ceiling remains statue-outside-of-Fenway high. But it's time to stop putting the cart before the horse, and let Bogaerts prove he can start every day for a first-division team before anointing him Garciaparra's spiritual successor.
2014 There is nothing more exciting in baseball than possibility. Bogaerts, just 21 years old, is nothing but possibility. Despite his youth, he vanquished Double-A in short order, then did the same to Triple-A pitching before earning the call to the majors. While he barely played before October came, he looked like a veteran of huge, high-leverage, bright-spotlight moments when it counted, drawing key walks and scoring runs when the Red Sox needed them most. It's this adjustment to his competition, to his environment, that makes the possibility of Bogaerts so enticing. It's easy to believe that he can become whatever fans, analysts and scouts have dreamed for him, because the talent, the baseball IQ and the work ethic are all strong in this one.
2013 The next great Red Sox prospect doesnt mean the next great Red Sox player, but to paraphrase Hall and Oates, Xander Bogaerts can make Red Sox fans dreams come true. Oh, sure, there are some things Bogaerts doesnt do well. Flying, for instance, or time travel. But on a baseball field there isnt much he cant handle. The 20-year-old shortstop has already seen success in Double-A, showing elite bat speed, plus-plus power potential, and athleticism to spare. Plate discipline is a small-sample nitpick, and some people question whether he can stick at shortstop, but his bat will play either way. Bogaerts is slated for Portland, and if he continues to progress, Triple-A or even a September call-up is possible.
2012 Bogaerts's .260/.324/.509 line with 32 extra-base hits in 296 plate appearances is impressive for two reasons: it's good enough to make his eventual move off of shortstop fine, and, most importantly, Bogaerts is 18 years old and had a mere 280 pro plate appearances heading into this year. He is a long way off, of course, and his ceiling and floor are further apart than the two sides at a typical NBA labor meeting. Power potential doesn't necessarily mean successask Lars Anderson about that onebut he is, for now, a name to remember.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-07-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Wander Franco is really gaining some helium. He's been compared to Juan Soto by some. What do you think his upside is?
(Dustier from Oklahoma)
He's 17 and raking while playing SS, so I guess his ceiling is Xander Bogaerts. 17-year-olds in rookie ball have a long way to go before they become Xander Bogaerts, though. I like him more than Wander Javier, who you also asked about, FWIW. Scouts seem to think that there's a good chance he won't stick at SS, so don't count on him playing there in the majors. He's young enough that we're not even sure how tall he'll be or what his body will look like in the majors. The Juan Soto comp seems generous. And odd, since Soto was a lefty corner outfielder. It's usually not a great idea to make comps to guys like Soto who reach the majors as teenagers and seem like they belong from day one. That's just an unrealistic bar to set. (Scooter Hotz)
2018-07-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 shortstops to you in a dynasty format?
(Joe from AL)
Lindor, Baez, Bregman (if he retains eligibility), Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner

On the prospect side, I love Carter Kieboom. I like Bo Bichette's bat a ton, but I think he'll end up at 2B. Wander Franco is interestig but very young and a ways away. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea what's up with Xander this year? While the average is great I would love to see some power. .300-25 would be awesome but we all know he has even more raw power in there. You think there's any chance he ever gets to 30 HR or is he more a upper teens HRs, .300+ hitter?
(Nathan from Michigan)
Go back to last August and look at what Xander Bogaerts was on pace to do. It's incredible. My stance on Bogaerts has remained very consistent. He's going to have to trade average for power, or power for average. It's going to be hard to do both. I think he's a 15-20 home run guy with a .300 average. That's really good. Pay for the average, live with the power. (George Bissell)
2016-09-08 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mookie deserves to get more money then his original contract of only 566,000 because of how well he's played this year ?
(Tink22 from Rhode Island )
What's up Tink? I think now is the time to explore a long-term extension with Betts where they buy out his remaining arbitration years. Unlike Xander Bogaerts, he's not a Scott Boras client, so I think there is an opportunity here. The Red Sox have the financial flexibility long-term to get it done and if they were smart, it happens this offseason. (George Bissell)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank you top 5 fantasy SS's over the next 3 years.
(Dave from Boston)
1. Corey Seager, 2. Carlos Correa, 3. Xander Bogaerts, 4. Francisco Lindor, 5. Addison Russell. If you started the clock three years from now, or moved the time frame a few years farther out, I'd probably find a way to get Franklin Barreto on that list. I love that dude. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xander Bogaerts the best shortstop in the AL? In baseball?
(Brian from Tehran)
Oh boy. Well, are we counting Manny Machado? If we are, it's Machado. If we're mentally keeping Machado at third base, then it's between Xander, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.
Hello there, Cardinals fans! Yes, Aledmys Diaz is going to come back down to Earth, and he's already wonky on defense. Please don't kill me.
Correa isn't as good on defense as you think, but there's clearly a small mountain of potential in his bat and he's already shown that he can wreck shop on offense. Lindor can do everything, and Boegarts is finally hitting like we all thought he could. It's reeeeally close between Lindor and Boegarts, with Correa just behind and likely moving to third base when Alex Bregman decides it's time to throw his hat into the ring. So if it isn't Boegarts, he's just a hair behind.
Unless it's Machado. Then it's Manny by a mile. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)better keeper in 18 team mixed?: Bogaerts (lose Rd 6) or S. Tolleson (Rd 14)
(Frank from Brooklyn)
Xander Bogaerts. I don't have a ton of faith in Tolleson keeping that job all year. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, which would you deal for Schwarber in a 1 for 1? Corey Seager, Xander Bogaerts, or Byron Buxton? Stacked beyond belief everywhere else besides C, but a little concerned Schwarber doesn't stick there for very long.
(Simon from Montreal)
I'd deal him for Buxton. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose between Xander Bogaerts and Corey Seager based on offensive production over the next 15 years, who are you choosing and why?
(Jason from Phoenix)
Just offensive production? Seager, because I like the hit tool a lot more. I like Bogaerts slightly more because I believe he's a shortstop and I believe Seager is a third baseman, but just based on pure offensive ability, I like Bogaerts. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts in the same class of SS, skill level wise?
(Wesley from Florida)
Yes. That'd be a worthwhile longer form piece to explore, but the short chat-length answer is that these are two of the best young shortstops in baseball. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-05-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is it just me or does Xander Bogaerts' proclaimed future ceiling seem a little off? I hear people say he has 30 HR upside and could be one of the best players in the game. When I watch him, I just don't see it. I see a 15 HR guy. I don't see the big wow factor. Not an awful player, but no monster star in the making IMO. Am I just off or am I actually onto something?
(Bill Clinton from Las Vegas)
I think when you hear people say he has 30 HR upside, they mean eventually. He's not in his prime yet or even entering it, Bogaerts, 22, is a strong kid. He also has exceptional pitch recognition skills and homer-friendly parks in the AL East working in his favor. He won't hit 30 this year and likely won't even next year, but it's not out of the question that he could eclipse that number years from now. People change. (Nick Shlain)
2015-04-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts seems to be forgotten by everyone for some reason. A year ago he was 21, the #1 prospect in the game, coming off an already successful postseason, and he started hot. Then, he struggled mightily, but as a 21 year old in the major leagues. Never heard anything positive about him coming into this season, he's batting 8th, and gets no love. What say you of his hot start? Should be be moved up in the order and hype ramped up again? I think so at least.
(LucasDad from Mpls)
Why bother with hype? He got hyped last year and didn't live up to it. We expect too much from the get go with these kids, Jose Fernandez, Mike Trout and other ruined us. I loved Xander coming into the year, sought him out in every fantasy league I'm in. I think he's going to be an MVP caliber bat, with questionable defense (but we'll live with because of said bat). I'm happy with the hot start and hope it continues, mainly because I like seeing stars develop and overcome hurdles early in their careers. It's just another player to point to as to why we can't give up on talented players after a year, a month, a week, whatever... (Sahadev Sharma)
2015-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a Xander Bogaerts believer?
(Billy from Beantown)
I think Xander can be Manny Ramirez/Miguel Cabrera while playing shortstop. So, yes. (Jim Walsh)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty rotisserie: which side do you like? Xander Bogaerts and Wilson Ramos or Carlos Gonzalez, Clint Frazier, and Rick Porcello?
(El Ashaban from Queens)
I'll take side two, but I don't want to set a precedent for answering fantasy questions. We have an awesome staff who is more than happy to take those. Use the bat signal. A lot. Seriously, send them 10 questions a day, they'll love it. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Why can't the Red Sox leave poor Xander Bogaerts alone? Last year it was Drew and a move to third. This year it's been Hamels trade rumors, and now Strasburg trade rumors. On top of that the Sox have been linked to Yoan Moncada, a shortstop. I realize Boston can't control the rumors, but this can't be good for the kid's psyche, can it?
(James from Boston)
Bogaerts was lauded as a plus-plus makeup guy in the minors. I was on the forefront of mocking the "he can't hit because he moved to 3B" logic, but if you watched him day in and day out, it's clear that it did bother him. In hindsight, the Drew signing was an obvious mistake for a few reasons. I don't think the Hamels or Strasburg stuff is comparable: if you can't handle trade rumors, you're probably not long for the majors. Signing Moncada wouldn't impact Bogaerts much, in my opinion; it's all currency, and Moncada can't start in the majors Day One. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Your favorite Red Sox prospect you reasonably think I haven't heard of?
(Brett from Charlotte)
Does Xander Bogaerts count? No? Let's go Jeffry Fernandez, despite the spelling. H/t Jordan Gorosh. (Ben Carsley)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much, if at all, did last year's struggles dampen Xander Bogaerts' prospects? Still a future role 6 type guy?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
Adjusting to MLB pitching is difficult. I do think he is still a top guy, but it didn't piece together this season. Might not next season, but he has the ability. I watched him take an AB against Chris Tillman this season and it was the most impressed I had been all year. Tillman worked two inside FB for a strike and then a foul tip. Then he tried to 12-6 CB on the outside and Xander fouled it off. Tillman wasted 2 FB up and outside and then tried the CB down in the dirt, and Xander kept his hands back after initially cocking them. Next pitch he belted a FB inside off the monster. I watched him grow up in that AB (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ethan, are you guys at BP still pretty high on Xander Bogaerts?? Were the expectations too high or did MLB pitchers expose some fundamental flaws?? Thanks!!
(Billy from Beantown)
I can (probably) speak for everyone here when I say that we are still high on Bogaerts as a collective. Hitting at the major-league level is hard, especially for a 21-year-old kid. The ceiling is still there, and I'm confident that we will see positive signs of growth from Bogaerts in 2015. As is the case with all prospects, patience is needed. He's still a baby, essentially. (Ethan Purser)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Jose Abreu or Xander Bogaerts rest of career?
(Myrick from Charleston, SC)
Bogaerts has the chance to be one of the 5 best players in the game. The ceiling is enormous. He may be 95% of the hitter Abreu is, and play a left side of the infield position. His approach at the plate is absolutely otherworldly, especially for a kid his age. Last year in the playoffs, I had the chance to watch him pretty closely. He's special. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade dirt-cheap, keepable Xander Bogaerts for a Troy Tulowitzki that can't be kept? Flags Fly Forever or is Xander just too good to give up on?
(JohnnyFive from WA)
1000% --- it's all about the title for me so if you see Tulo as the missing piece, do it! (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league w/ contracts, send away a cheap Xander Bogaerts that could reasonably kept for a good 8 years or so for Tulo through the ROS? Is Xander too good to give up?
(JohnnyFive from WA)
I think this is a repeat... just clearing it out (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2015/16, Javier Baez is playing [insert position here]?
(Josh from Wrigleyville)
Second, short and third. I know Cubs fans are super excited about the future, and I would be too. There's not much else to look forward to. But this need to pigeon hole Baez is completely unnecessary. The fact that he can play all three infield positions is awesome. The important part is that he'd going to play every day. His defensive flexibility gives the Cubs a chance to move the pieces around once more and more of them get to the majors. I hope he plays all three in the majors and I'll bet he sees time at all of them this year. Remember when we needed answers about where Xander Bogaerts was going to play when all of the factors were things that had nothing to do with him (resigning of Stephen Drew, Middlebrooks' development, etc.) Same thing with Baez. He can play all three. Which one he ends up at has nothing to do with him. It's about the other players around him. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts. No position in the majors at this time, although seeming to show that last year might not have been as big of a fluke as a lot of people thought. Your thoughts of Betts and what could possibly come of him in the majors (positional especially)?
(Derek from Boston)
Give me the dude who just flat hits everyday of the week. Remember when Xander Bogaerts didn't have a position either? These things have a way of working themselves out. We know he's not playing 2B in Boston unless Pedroia gets hurt, but guys who hit find a way into the lineup. Just let him keep hitting. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Made a bit of a blockbuster in a 10-team dynasty league. Traded Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, David Robertson, Glen Perkins, Zach Greinke, plus prospects (farm roster) Joey Gallo and Eddie Butler. Got back Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Homer Bailey, and prospects Xander Bogaerts and Billy Hamilton. I like the trade for me as I can play Xander and Billy right away, but I have my concerns over Harper breaking out. What do you think?
(Sara from Tacoma)
Hi Sara:

Wow, that is a blockbuster! In a league that size, I like that trade for you in the here and now. You got four potential impact players and a strong pitcher in Bailey for two potential impact guys in Harper and Werth with two closers and Greinke. A lot depends on what happens with Gallo and Butler, but if you're playing for this year (and flags fly forever, as we like to say around here) you did well. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for this season, Martin Perez or Xander Bogaerts?
(PrestonH from Dallas )
Xander, but I skew towards MIFers who show any type of offensive promise. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will be the better player 3 years from today? Manny Machado or Xander Bogaerts?
(Tom from Baltimore)
Machado. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Say something negative about Xander Bogaerts (as a player. Not something like "he tips poorly at restaurants).
(John from Mass.)
He doesn't play in a city where I can see him 80 times a year for the next decade. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on the tools list it looks like most of top ranked shortstops have higher tool grades than Xander Bogaerts, why then is he ranked the highest? is it just cause his tools played at major league level already?
(Sean from DC)
Polish and present skills. Very low risk. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the best season? Xander Bogaerts,Brad Miller, or Profar?
(Gila Monster from Massachusetts)
I can't tell if we're talking real-world or fantasy value. I like all three players and I hate taking the cliche pick, but I'll go with Bogaerts. He didn't look like a rookie last season, and at this point it doesn't seem like Drew is returning to Boston, which frees him up to play shortstop all year long. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Early picks for Al and NL Rookie of the year?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Billy Hamilton because people are infatuated with stolen bases (remember this? http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/9588/index.htm), and Xander Bogaerts because he's really freaking good. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Guys like Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez and the like were projected to have no chance to stick at short and now it looks increasingly possible that they can/will. Is this just erring on the side of caution or are several prospects unexpectedly bucking the projections?
(Colby Rogers from Chicago)
Bogaerts got a bad rap, and I'm not sure why. There were many who immediately wrote him off as a shortstop, but there was always a crew that defended its possibility. Baez doesn't have quite that same support, but he has the hands to stay there. Projections are tricky however, especially when it comes to projecting how a young man's body will develop. In fact, sometimes its borderline creepy. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your prediction for Rookies of the Leagues this year?
(Frank from Detroit)
Xander Bogaerts and Kolten Wong...that's my early guess. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The first Top 10 prospect to be promoted to the Show in 2014 will be ... ?
(Paul from DC)
I expect Xander Bogaerts to make the Red Sox Opening Day roster, so I guess it would be him. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking at three third basemen on my team, and they all have question marks for the upcoming season: Mike Moustakas, Xander Bogaerts, and Nick Castellanos. What are your thoughts on these three for 2014 and beyond? Do I need to try to get someone more experienced by opening day?
(Jim from Detroit)
I don't think you need more experience. Bogaerts is going to be valuable immediately, and I believe in Castellanos' bat as well. I'm not a Moustakas fan, but with that amount of depth at/near the major leagues I think you're ok. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xander Bogaerts going to be the very definition of sploosh this year?
(Coins from In a pocket)
YE (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for a long-term solution at SS, and while I have options, my best two (in terms of fantasy impact/value) are Javier Baez (draft) or Xander Bogaerts (trade). My question- in two parts- is: 1) Do you see them both sticking at SS, for say at least the next 3-5 years, and 2) is a June 6 Baez call up (I know it was a guess) at all realistic, or am I waiting for a September cup of Joe?
(Francois from Toronto)
Baez has torn through the minors thus far and logged 54 games in Double-A last year (and performed exceedingly well). I think June 6th or 8th or whatever I said is possible though I don't think it's probable. I'd go with Bogaerts as I think he's got a better chance of sticking at SS for longer, though my guess is his cost in trade is going to be exorbitant. The value play might be Baez, but it's also riskier. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)In Dynasty formats with a standard 5x5 who should be the first SS taken? How much do you trust Tulowitzki and Hanley? And, who has the better eyes: Bryant or Addison Russell?
(MRubio52 from Chicago)
I have recently grappled with this very question, and I think my answer is Xander Bogaerts. I believe in the bat, and he's going to start contributing right now. Hanley and Tulo both have serious injury histories. Bogaerts is going to trail those guys in production for the next couple years most likely... but I think he catches them long-term and perhaps sooner than we think. Give me Russell on the eyes. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Which rookies do you see making the biggest impact in 2014?
(floydwicker from NorCal)
Hi FloydWicker.

From a fantasy perspective, Billy Hamilton is probably #1 with a bullet. He's going to steal a lot of bases, and even if he only keeps his OBP around .300 he will still get on base enough to be a category monster. Xander Bogaerts is the other guy I really like in 2014. He should leave camp with the job and should be even better than he was last year. I expect more power from him. If you're looking for someone a little less obvious, I like Maikel Franco a lot. Cody Asche is likely a placeholder, and I could see Franco up with the big club in June. He isn't a fantasy beast, but could be a decent contributor at 3B for both the Phillies and his fantasy squads. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just took over an abysmal squad in a 16-team, 7x7 format with 25 man rosters. I have stripped it down and the top of my depth chart around the infield reads Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Xander Bogaerts, and Lonnie Chisenhall. I'm not extremely confident, as of today, that anyone besides Bogaerts will get everyday reps in 2014. So the question becomes at what position(s) I should grab filler for this season. Who would you confidently run out there as starters? I'm considering one option of allowing Bogaerts to man third and pick up a Jed Lowrie/Brad Miller type to fill the gap up the middle. Any thoughts or insight as to how would you approach it?
(AnthopoJays from Houston TX)
It all depends on your waiver wire. I'd try to grab a 2B and a 3B and leave Bogaerts at short, but if Brad Miller (who I like) is the best option, by all means slide him over. I'd confidently play Adams and Bogaerts as starters in a 16-team league (and potentially Wong as well if Freese is traded) (Bret Sayre)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Chrystal ball dynasty question: On the thermometer scale, if Mark Reynolds were 32 degrees and Mike Schmidt were 212 degrees, what temperature will Xander Bogaerts and Kris Bryant be? Thank you.
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
Bryant I'm less clear on. He hit really well in a very small sample size in Low and High-A, but we need to see more to know what he is. Or at least I do. He's a pretty promising player though. Bogaerts is the real deal. He'll start at short for Boston next season.

That said, comparing either to Schmidt, maybe the greatest ever at his position, is a tough thing to do. I'm very confident Bogaerts will be better than Mark Reynolds. So I'll say Xander is 100 degrees and Bryant is 35, but with a warm front on the way. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)I have Bogaerts and Wong sitting on my minor league roster. What is the likelihood that I can depend on those guys as everyday middle infielders for next season? Do I need to sign a couple of placeholders to bridge the gap to 2015?
(AnthopoJays from TX)
It seems pretty likely that Xander Bogaerts is going to start next year. Stephen Drew isn't coming back, and even if Will Middlebrooks isn't finished, Bogaerts has a clear path to playing time. Kolten Wong is more of a mystery. David Freese could be non-tendered I suppose, but it seems more likely that he'll get a contract. That leaves Matt Carpenter at second base and leaves Wong out of a job. Sure, I suppose the club could try him at short, but I don't see that happening. These situations tend to have a way of resolving themselves, but there are no guarantees with Wong. If it's not too expensive, I'd grab one of those placeholders. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)if you owned Miguel Sano in a dynasty league, would you attempt to cash in on the pre MLB hype? or hang tight hoping he minimizes the Ks and puts 40/yr over the fence?
(Ziggy from Marley)
What can you get back? In a vacuum, I hold on to him in the hopes that he's a 30-35 home run guy in the long term. Dynasty's different than Roto in that you really have to consider the ceiling and hope for the best. In Roto, I'm more likely to move a guy like Sano. In one of my home leagues, I moved Byron Buxton and Xander Bogaerts because it enabled me to win a title. The longest you can keep a guy in the Majors in my Roto league is five seasons, and who knows if either one of those guys will be stars within that window. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do the St. Louis Cardinals target when they inevitably trade a young arm for a SS and who do they part with? Is Joe Kelly enough to get someone like Didi Gregorious? They aren't going to do something crazy like deal Carlos Martinez, are they?
(Scott from LA)
They don't necessarily have to deal a young arm for a shortstop though, right? They could, of course, but they could also sign Stephen Drew who very likely won't be back in Boston next season as his spot will be taken by Xander Bogaerts.

But, if the Cardinals do decide to do that, you could do much worse than trading a bullpen arm for a starting position player. Bullpen arms, even ones that throw 100, continue to be over-valued, certainly by fans, and likely by teams, if not to the same extent.

(That's not to say Martinez will be in the pen forever, just a general comment on the value of bullpen guys) (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Xander Bogaerts showing maturity in playoffs and Kris Bryant tearing up Arizona Fall League, who do you think has the better MLB career? Thanks
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
I'd lean Bogaerts. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts just hit a three-run jack for Pawtucket. Why is he not doing this in Boston?
(Frank from Boston)
I won't pretend to be tuned into the Red Sox front office, but I still think he gets up by the end of this month/start of September. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)In his age 18 season, Correa is putting up numbers similar to Bogaerts at the same age... less power but a better plate discipline. Do you see Correa becoming an equal or better player to X-Box when both are in their primes, and does CC have a better chance to stick at SS?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I don't quite see Carlos Correa as having the power ceiling Xander Bogaerts does, but ask me again in a year or two; it's so hard to predict players this young. Correa probably has the same chance to stick at SS as Bogaerts does. He's a big guy, but he's really athletic and could stick. Again, really young guy, hard to figure this out without the benefit of hindsight. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sending this in early (the 29th) so this question may be dated but why don't the Red Sox call up Bogaerts to fix their hole at 3b? ...And why does your input window think "Sox" is misspelled?
(goiter6 from MN)
Not only does it remain relevant, but the Jose Iglesias trade (and Michael Young non-trade) makes it more timely than before.

I suppose the answer hinges on how the Red Sox feel about Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts. More to the point: Do they think Middlebrooks is the third baseman of the future, or at least the near future? And do they think moving Bogaerts to third base will impact his development at shortstop? There are other variables here, too-is Bogaerts' bat ready, for instance, and so on.

At any rate, it wouldn't surprise me to see Bogaerts at third base for Boston before the season ends. So I'm not sure it's a fait accompli that it won't happen. It just hasn't happened yet. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think you rank Byron Buxton so high, he is good, but not better than Carlos Correa , Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor. I meant that you overrated Byron Buxton because he didn't hit for power yet.
(Kevin Goldstein from Houston)
You mad, bro? (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts is tearing it up in AA as the youngest player in his league. Is he ready to move on? Where do you see him playing at the end of the year and the beginning of next year?
(Jim from Boston)
He's getting there, but I think that the Red Sox will bide their time unless injuries force their hand, with perhaps a September callup to give them a boost down the stretch if they remain in the AL East hunt. Regardless, Bogaerts should have a strong chance to compete for a major-league job next spring. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of prospects are on the move so far in June, but there isn't much talk of Xander Bogaerts moving despite his good numbers. What's the plan for him?
(Frank from Boston)
Let me match you up with... (Jason Cole)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts just promoted to AAA! As a giddy Red Sox fan I'm spreading the good news.
(Frank from Boston)
Oh wait, you're the same person! Anyway, Bogaerts was hitting .311/.407/.502 through 56 Double-A games this season. Really like the bat. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 Shortstops for future fantasy value?
(Tim Tebow from Canada)
Hi Tim. I hope you land on your feet.

This is a pretty broad question. I'm not sure if you're talking future value among all shortstops or value among shortstops that haven't reached the Majors yet. As far as prospects go, I would go with Xander Bogaerts, Jurickson Profar, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and Trevor Story. Keep in mind that this isn't rating best prospects but best fantasy value. Story gets a bump for potentially playing half of his games in Colorado, for example; he's not a Top 5 SS prospect based on real life value. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts seems to have good but not great stats at Portland this year. What do you think of his season so far and where will he start the 2014 season?
(Jim from Boston)
20 in the Eastern League, like a lot of the subjects of questions today, isn't easy either. I think 2014 starts with some discussion about whether he's ready for opening day in Boston assuming his shortstop defense continues to be adequate to keep him there. It may also start with a service time delay, but I'd expect to see him sometime in 2014.

By the way, Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .360/.461/.547 since being sent down to Triple-A. (Zachary Levine)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Boston prospects, Xander Bogaerts has received a lot of organizational support for his ability to stay at SS. As someone not under Red Sox payroll, are you as optimistic?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I think that it depends on his physical development. Listed at 6'3" and 185 lbs, the 20-year old may be forced off of SS as he fills out, but the Red Sox have a much better idea of his physical projection. I say keep him there until he is forced off of the position, whether due to defense or mobility.

On the jukebox: Aerosmith, "Come Together" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of season will it take for Xander Bogaerts to top the charts of prospect lists for 2014?
(Joe from Seattle)
A healthy one. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these for a dynasty league: Xander Bogaerts, Yasuil Puig, Christian Yellich, Taijuan Walker, Tyler Skaggs
(Dobbs from Delaware)
Bogaerts, Yelich, Walker, Skaggs, Puig. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any prospects I should look out for this year in Portland?
(Morgan K. from Portland, ME)
I'll defer to the prospect team for deeper names, but Xander Bogaerts and Matt Barnes are in line to begin the year with the Sea Dogs, I believe. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Which 5 or 10 players you think cantop the list of the 2014 Rookie list for Fantasy, also other than Buxton and Boagarts can be an impact back.
(Robert from Puerto Rico)
Bret Sayre is our prospect guy on the fantasy side, but I'll try to help. The tough thing with questions like this is that players who have 2014 ETAs who excel tend to defy the timetables and wind up contributing in 2013. My five guys for 2014 would be: Jose Fernandez, Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon, in that order. Baez has the best chance of the potential 2014 crop to be an impact bat. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)How long can Xander Bogaerts remain at SS?
(Sean from Peoria)
as long as the Red Sox want to leave him there. I agree with what Kevin & Parks often said on Up & In - you leave a guy at the position as long as you can (Jason Collette)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do you think Xander Bogaerts can stay at shortstop? Boston would love him to stick since his likely destination (3B) is already occupied by a talented youngster. Is his D good enough to remain a SS adequate enough to keep him there for 5 years? 10?
(Donnie from Bowling Alley)
I think that the Bogaerts situation has as much to do with his expected physical development as it does his glove-work at short. The guy is a 6'3", 175-lb teenager with a power profile that suggest he will add weight as he matures, and his tool kit suggests that he will be an effective third baseman when/if he needs to be moved off of SS. But the Red Sox are wise to keep Bogaerts at SS until it is necessary to slide him down the defensive spectrum.

On the jukebox: Misfits, "Some Kinda Hate" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Xander Bogaerts cans tick at SS for 5 years? 10 years?
(Dan Vogelbach from Lunch for the day)
Maybe, probably not. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Help! Get to keep two of the following: Jose Fernandez; Mike Olt; Mike Zunino; Nick Castellanos; Xander Bogaerts. Thank you.
(nictaclacta from Phoenix)
I *really* like Fernandez, but he's 20 who hasn't passed High-A yet. I have to go with Olt and flip a coin between Bogaerts and Casty, probably leaning Bogy because of SS. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to start a MLB franchise right now what 5 minor leaguers would you pick for your farm team?
(Mark from Omaha)
I'd definitely go with Profar, Xander Bogaerts, and a couple other guys that Jason Parks and his team of experts have up top, but I'll tell you who I wouldn't pick: pitchers. None. Stay far far away from minor league pitchers. If I'm starting a team I need certainty. Star power is nice too, but what I can't have is one of my five picks blowing his arm out or finding out that, wait, he's not a starter but a 7th inning guy, or hey, where'd my velocity go? I just had it right here!

Love me some Xander Bogaerts though. (Matthew Kory)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Xander Bogaerts peak stat line?
(Brian Hennessy from MA)
.315/.385/.570 with 30 bombs (Jason Parks)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Handicap the odds of Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa sticking at SS. 75% & 85% respectively?
(Jonah from Phoenix)
Well, this question would be much better for the prospect staff. From what I've read from our hardworking crew, Bogaerts seems unlikely to stick there longterm but may reach the bigs while still playing shortstop. I wouldn't put the percentages very high given that info. Correa was just drafted last year and so early in the development process that I think it would be unwise to set any percentage chance of him sticking or moving off shortstop. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Other than Profar, Taveras, Myers and Bundy whom I anticipate ranking in the top 5 of most top prospect lists, who are the remaining top 3-5 offensive and SP prospects in the minors?
(Brian from Worcester MA)
On the pitching side you're looking at guys like Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Jose Fernandez and Jameson Taillon fitting in that top group. Of the position players, Byron Buxton, Travis d'Arnaud, Xander Bogaerts, and Francisco Lindor fit the bill. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think in Spring Training the Red Sox will consider moving Xander Bogaerts to another position? He's on the verge of filling up like a Miguel Cabrera in size.
(HolidayJesus from New York)
Bogaerts has been filling out over the course of the last year, but not quite at that rate. He's put on some good weight, especially in the lower body, but there is still some room on the frame and he moves well.

I see him continuing to play shortstop this season as developmentally there isn't really a need yet to move him off the position. I anticipate a move in the long-run and could see next off-season as when he transitions to either third base or the outfield. (Chris Mellen)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Xander Bogaerts? Hanley comparisons seem fair?
(Shawny from Rocky Hill, CT)
Will hit the ball very very hard. I can't imagine a scenario where a Hanley comparison is fair to anyone, but Xander could absolutely be an impact bat in the middle of a first division lineup. (Nick Faleris)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future (statistically) hold for Wilin Rosario, and what position/ceiling do you anticipate for Xander Bogaerts in Beantown? Thanks.
(Chopper from Indy)
Good questions, Chopper. From an offensive standpoint, I'd expect to see more of the same from Rosario -that is, lots of home runs and not very many walks -though a modest improvement in plate discipline is probably attainable with more experience. He led all catchers in homers (admittedly, with help from Coors Field) and was a 1.9-win player in 117 games, so I'd be more concerned about Rosario's defense. He looked very rough around the edges on the few occasions I watched him, and allowed a league-high 21 passed balls. A 3.0-3.5 WARP-per-year future seems possible, if he can improve in those areas.

Regarding Bogaerts, that's probably a better question for Jason Parks and the minor-league team, but I'd assume the Red Sox will give him every chance to stay at shortstop -at least until Deven Marrero is ready. I think he has a chance to be a perennial All-Star. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Someone is going to have to ask it: what do you think about The Rangers calling up Jurickson Profar?
(captnamerca from Dunedin, FL)
I think my favorite part about this season has been seeing Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and now Manny Machado. In the Lineup Card that is coming out today or tomorrow I advocated (semi-seriously) for the Red Sox to bring up Xander Bogaerts. So I'd love to see Profar up. Why not? Is he worse than Michael Young?

As to how he'll do, I have no idea, but everything I've read on him says he's a shockingly good talent. I can't wait. So yeah, I'm all for it. (Matthew Kory)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Story's #s are on par with Xander Bogaerts and Story seems more likely to stay up the middle. What is the knock on Story? Splits? Lack of power projection?
(rrvwmr from Chicago)
1. I'm not as convinced Story stays up the middle as you are, as he could be more of a third baseman. 2. Playing in Asheville helps your numbers considerably. 3. He is brutally bad right now against LHP. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain why Sano is so high on the top 50 and Xander Bogaerts is not ranked? When you look at their numbers they have almost the same BOP and SLG however Bogaerts has far less strikeouts and a much higher average.
(Josh from Pennsylvania)
Again, Bogaerts was No. 51, and the list was done in June before he got really hot. Also, Sano has 80 power. EIGHTY. Eight-Zero. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I be losing sleep for inexcusably leaving Xander Bogaerts off my Top 50?
(Kevin Goldstein from Illinois)
My god people are mad about this. I have like 30 of this in the queue. It's amazing. Get over it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking forward to my prospect draft next season. Taijuan Walker v. Archie Bradley. Xander Bogaerts v. Javier Baez, Michael Choice v. Rymer Liriano. Who'd you take in those matchups?
(Joe from Bellvue)
Bradley, Bogaerts, Liriano. Walker is the wildcard for me because he could be the very good version of Edwin Jackson we saw a few years ago or the one that has been around most other seasons. (Jason Collette)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think Xander Bogaerts could be top 10 by seasons end?
(Xander Cage from Ask Vin Diesel)
He COULD be. That does not mean I'm saying he will be. (Kevin Goldstein)


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