Red Sox promote 20-year-old Xander Bogaerts to major league squad

David Brown
Big League Stew

Honk if you're excited about Xander Bogaerts coming to play ball in the major leagues.

Bogaerts, a 20-year-old infielder and the top prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization, will join the club in San Francisco, several outlets reported Monday. He's the youngest position player for the Red Sox since Dwight Evans debuted in 1972, and he's no less talented. Among current major leaguers, only Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Jurickson Profar of the Rangers are younger.

Bogaerts, whose glove is good enough for shortstop but also has logged time at third base, will begin as a utility player for the Red Sox, reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. However, it would not be surprising to see him starting down the stretch if Will Middlebrooks falters at third base or if shortstop Stephen Drew gets hurt again.

Baseball America listed Bogaerts as the No. 8 prospect overall coming into the season. Regardless, he immediately steps into the majors with one of the best names in the league. Of course, the Red Sox didn't promote him because his name sounds cool during lineup introductions (although there probably have been worse reasons some have been called up to the majors).

Bogaerts batted .297/.388/.477 with 15 home runs and 44 total extra-base hits in 515 plate appearances at Class AA and AA. At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he's still filling out his frame. He's a good interview, too, which is a plus for a 20-year-old:

A native of Aruba, he played for the Dutch national team at the World Baseball Classic that finished fourth. Baseball is nicknamed "honkbal" in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which makes me think of geese.

Xander. Bogaerts (plural). Honkbal. And he can play.

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