22-year-old shortstop, Xander Bogaerts, was called up to the big leagues back in 2013 during the Red Sox World Series run. Looking like a star, X shined. Then last season, Boston moved him over to third, when they signed Stephen Drew, where he just seemed uncomfortable, struggling throughout the year.
Back at SS this season, Bogey had a rough start adjusting again. However, now he’s hit a hot streak. He currently is living up to the high expectations Boston had for him when they brought him up. He is hitting .296 now on the season which ranks tied for 2nd for shortstops with at least 100 plate appearances. This number is seems still be climbing.
Should Bogey be an all-star? I believe so. He’s clearly been the Red Sox best player if not the best SS in the AL. His fielding has not been a question. He has turn it on as the rest of the team slumps. He’s hitting .353 in the last 25 games. But more importantly, he’s coming up in the clutch including a double off the wall to take the lead in Saturday’s comeback over the Oakland A’s. However, he isn’t even voted in the top 5 because of the fan vote.
X is becoming the stud that Sox need. If he is not an all-star this year, then he will be in the near future.
With Dustin Pedroia next to him in the middle, Boston has no worries in the center of the diamond. It’s the rest of the team we need to worry about.