Abraham On Toucher & Rich: Bogaerts’ Limited Range At Shortstop ‘Surprising’ To Red Sox

April 28, 2014 3:27 PM
Abraham On Toucher & Rich: Bogaerts’ Limited Range At Shortstop ‘Surprising’ To Red Sox
" BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is only 21-years-old, and the team knew going into the season his development on defense would be farther behind than his offense, but one thing they were fairly confident in was his range at the position.

So far Bogaerts has not displayed the range necessary to play shortstop, and it’s becoming all too evident as the season progresses.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe weighed in on Bogaerts Monday morning with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich.

“Most 21-year-olds are playing in Double-A, if that. … When the Red Sox decided to commit to him they knew there was gonna be [mistakes] going on, that it wasn’t always going to be smooth and that his offense was gonna be ahead of his defense. That’s definitely the case. I think what’s surprising to [the Red Sox] is his range is not what they thought it could be, and he’s made some throws that haven’t been very good.

“That stuff they thought was gonna be okay just based on physical reasons: he’s pretty quick, he’s strong "

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