If you followed the Boston Red Sox World Series Championship team last season, then you will see a familiar face at the top of baseball’s top 10 best shortstop prospect of 2014. Red Sox Xander Bogaerts was named number one on MLB’s best shortstop prospect list of 2014.
Last season, the 6’3 175 pounder from Aruba made his Major League debut at the tender age of 20-years-old on August 19 of last season. Bogaerts played an instrumental part in the Red Sox World Championship in 2013 as hit .296 in 12 playoff games at third base. He can play both shortstop and third base positions
Bogaerts started the 2013 season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and was promoted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in mid-June. Five days after making his Red Sox debut, he got his first hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 24.
At the end of the 2013 Minor League season, Bogaerts was named USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
MLB scouts have raved about the potential of Bogaerts saying he has a high baseball IQ with impressive maturity. They have also said that he has elite bat speed and he has the power to potentially hit 30 homeruns in a season.
Bogaerts is expected to compete for a starting spot in Boston in 2014. If shortstop Stephen Drew does not re-sign, then expect Bogaerts to start at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks to be the every third baseman. If Drew is signed, then expect Bogaerts to have a position battle for who starts at third base in 2014. No matter what position he plays this year, the future seems to be bright for Bogaerts.