Prior to the June 4 contest against the Cleveland Indians, Xander Bogaerts was in the midst of a hot streak with hits in eight of nine games and an average of .304 with an outstanding .395 OBP. Since then, the Boston Red Sox 2013 top prospect has really struggled at the dish and has not really shown any signs of busting out of it. He is hitting .245 with a .324 OBP through 294 at-bats.
Over the last 23 games, in which the Red Sox went 9-14, the 21-year-old has hit an abysmal .103 with a .141 OBP. He has just one home run with two doubles and three RBI over that time while walking just three times compared to 24 strikeouts. This includes a current 2-for-42 skid with 14 strikeouts and just one walk.
It seems as if American League pitching has read up on Bogaerts since his hot stretch in May and is throwing him a steady diet of breaking balls down and away, as well as fastballs up and in, to get him out on a more consistent basis.
The current third baseman of the Red Sox showed that he can adjust to pitching at each level and should be able to get back into a hot zone if he can start hitting the pitches that are in his wheel house. He has made some nice contact over the past few games, but has failed to get any base hits because of these loud outs.
Bogaerts is now hitting seventh in the lineup after being bumped from the two hole last week. If he does not improve at the dish soon, it might be time to place him in the minors to work out the kinks in his swing.
The 21-year-old has shown signs of a successful approach at the plate this season and needs to get back to the basics in order to help a struggling offense before it’s too late.