Xander Bogaerts is one of the best players in baseball right now. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.
When post people think of the Sox they think about David Ortiz’s final year and JBJ’s hit streak so they might not realize the year Bogey is having. Currently Bogaerts boasts an impressive .349 average alongside 25 RBIs, four home runs, six stolen base and leads the AL with 65 hits.
Last year Bogey had a comeback year from 2014, winning a silver slugger and barely missing an All Star appearance. This year Bogey is proving 2015 wasn’t a fluke, and is instead a stepping stone to something more.
Born within a week of Sox star Mookie Betts, Bogaerts is a key part of the next generation of Red Sox stars. With the last player from the historic 2004, David Ortiz, retiring at the end of the year it is time for a new generation of Sox stars to try to lead Boston.
Bogaerts showed his improvement from 2014 strait off the bat last year. In only the third game of the year Bogey got a game winning three-run triple, a day later Bogaerts saved the game in the 13th inning with a diving stop to get the runner at third a game that ended in 19 long innings. One thing this shows is Bogaerts is willing to work hard to improve.
And he has improved, both offensively and especially defensively as he has made quite a pairing with second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Bogaerts truly can do it all, and while the power may not necessarily be there yet, it will come. We’ve seen Bogey hit light-tower high homers in Fenway, while showing commanding authority the other way. Make no mistake, as Bogaerts matures and gets closer to his prime he can easily be an all star candidate year in and year out.