Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox Shortstop

       
 
Age: 27
Born: October 1, 1992
Birthplace: Oranjestad, Aruba
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Aug. 2009)
High School: Colegio Arubano, Aruba
   

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Xander Bogaerts photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: ZAN-der BOE-garts
First Pro Contract: August 23, 2009 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Mike Lord
Signing Bonus: $410,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 6, 2020 (DSL Red Sox)
Added to 40-man: August 19, 2013 (BOS)
MLB Debut: August 20, 2013 (BOS)
Service Time (1/20): 6 years, 42 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): $20,000,000
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @thexman2

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Athletic, filled-out frame with limited potential for more physical development. Has filled out considerably since he joined the organization. Strong lower half and core.  

Hit: Smooth, fluid swing that generates lift. Elite bat speed. Strong and explosive hands with good separation during stride. Stays balanced. Creates solid post-contact extension. Improving using hands during swing to stay inside the baseball.  Shows strong fluidity going with pitches the other way for being age-advanced. Developing the makings of a solid plate approach. Pitch recognition improving, especially against off-speed offerings. Can get pull-happy at times and has proven to be susceptible to breaking balls down and away. Overall, a potential plus hitter at the big league level.  

Power: Plus-to-better power ceiling. Potential 25+ home run bat. Ball jumps off bat. Shows the ability to drive the ball to all fields with backspin and carry.   

Run: Fringe-average speed. Not a major part of his game.  

Field: Potential average defensive profile. Solid-average range, but may lose foot speed as he gets bigger.  Needs to slow the game down defensively and resist the feeling to rush plays. Inconsistent with footwork and staying down on the ball. Choppy at times with his movements and reactions.

Arm: Plus arm, able to make all the throws from shortstop. Can struggle with accuracy at times due to sloppy footwork.
  Career Notes: Signed with the Red Sox as the same time as his brother, Jair, a catcher who has since retired and is an aspiring agent. Participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic as a member of the Netherlands team that finished in fourth place. World Series champion in 2013 and 2018. 

Summation: Potential all-star and top-five shortstop in the game. Realistically profiles as a first-division, bat-first shortstop. Potential to hit for plus average and power. Improvements in the field and physical development should allow Bogaerts to stick at shortstop for the outset of his big league career. If he needs to move off the position, has the tools to play either third base or left field. Highly coachable and displays strong work ethic. High baseball IQ with impressive maturity.


Links
The Book: Xander Bogaerts (10.8.10)
2011 Prospect Preview
The Ladder - 7.27.11

ESPN Boston: Bogaerts opening eyes (2.7.12)
2012 Prospect Preview

The Book: Xander Bogaerts (6.12.12)
At 19, Bogaerts on the move (8.9.12)
Bogaerts searching for timing at plate after WBC (3.21.13)
Xander Bogaerts Video April 18-19, 2013
Bogaerts finding rhythm in Portland (5.30.13)
Scouting Scratch: Bogaerts and Almanzar (6.12.13)
Bogaerts captivates audience in Triple-A debut (6.15.13)
Bogaerts continues to impress in Pawtucket (7.12.13)
Scouting Scratch: Bogaerts, Hassan, Butler (8.8.13)
Xander Bogaerts: Prospect, shortstop, … bunter? (8.14.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
2014 Graduates Season in Review
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2010 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 63 239 39 75 7 5 3 42 101 30 37 4 5 0.314 0.396 0.423 0.819
  2011 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 72 265 38 69 14 2 16 45 135 25 71 1 3 0.260 0.324 0.509 0.834
  2012 Salem Car A+ Bos 19 104 384 59 116 27 3 15 64 194 43 85 4 4 0.302 0.378 0.505 0.883
  2012 Portland East AA Bos 19 23 92 12 30 10 0 5 17 55 1 21 1 1 0.326 0.351 0.598 0.948
2013 Netherlands --- WBC --- 20 7 19 1 5 2 0 0 1 7 3 3 0 0 0.263 0.364 0.368 0.732
  2013 Portland East AA Bos 20 56 219 40 68 12 6 6 35 110 35 51 5 1 0.311 0.407 0.502 0.909
  2013 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 20 60 225 32 64 11 0 9 32 102 28 44 2 2 0.284 0.369 0.453 0.822
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 20 18 44 7 11 2 0 1 5 16 5 13 1 0 0.250 0.320 0.364 0.684
2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 21 144 538 60 129 28 1 12 46 195 37 138 2 3 0.240 0.297 0.362 0.660
  2015 Boston AL MLB Bos 22 156 613 84 196 35 3 7 81 258 32 101 10 2 0.320 0.355 0.421 0.776
  2016 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 157 652 115 192 34 1 21 89 291 58 123 13 4 0.294 0.358 0.446 0.804
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 148 571 94 156 32 6 10 62 230 56 116 15 1 0.273 0.343 0.403 0.746
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 1 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 2.000 2.667
  2018 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 136 513 72 148 45 3 23 103 268 55 102 8 2 0.288 0.360 0.522 0.883
  2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 155 614 110 190 52 0 33 117 341 76 122 4 2 0.309 0.384 0.555 0.939
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 Boston AL MLB Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2010 Dominican Summer League All-Star
2010 Red Sox ML Latin Program Player of the Year
South Atlantic League Player of the Week (July 25-31, 2011)
2012 Carolina League All-Star
2012 Futures Game All-Star
Carolina League Player of the Week (July 30 - August 5, 2012)
2012 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
2012 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Futures Game All-Star
USA Today 2013 Minor League Player of the Year
Baseball America 2013 First-Team Minor League All-Star - SS
2015 American League Silver Slugger
2015 Thomas A Yawkey Red Sox MVP
2016 American League All-Star
2016 American League Silver Slugger
American League Player of the Week (July 2-8, 2018)
2019 American League All-Star
2019 American League Silver Slugger
2019 All-MLB First Team
  2010 SoxProspects.com Rookie of the Year
2011 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SS
2011 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2012 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 4-10, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 30 - August 5, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (August 2012)
2012 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SS
2012 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2013 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 27-June 2, 2013)
2013 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SS
2015 SoxProspects.com Home Grown Player of The Year
2019 SoxProspects.com Homegrown Player of the Year
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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