Everything that we hoped and dreamed for Jackie Bradley Jr. in April is what Xander Bogaerts has become this post season. He is one of two players that started the season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and ended the season with post-season play, including phenomenal offensive appearances in the World Series. The other player that helped Boston in the post season was the underdog of Portland’s starting rotation, Brandon Workman.
In the World Series, Bogaerts racked up a total of five hit, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs. During Game 5, he nearly went hit for hit (1 run and 2 hits) with David Ortiz (3 hits, 1 RBI) getting on base more often than his Red Sox clutch counterparts. His ability to get on base has made the difference game after game. Though only 21 years of age, he is wise beyond his years of experience. He has the plate patience, the eye for the right balls at which to swing, and the ability to make good contact for singles and doubles. Bogaerts speed helps him get to first quickly and safely. He has promise as a future base stealer in the mold of Jacoby Ellsbury who had a similar trajectory from Double-A to the big leagues in 2007.
Tuesday brought a welcome day of rest for players and fans, alike. Fans look forward to see what he can do in Game 6 back at home for the Fenway Faithful.