Chris Hatfield On The Adam Jones Show: Xander Bogaerts ‘Most Exciting Player They’ve Had In The System, Period’

August 20, 2013 3:00 PM " The hype train for Xander Bogaerts was temporarily halted on Monday night when John Farrell’s lineup did not include the 20-year-old shortstop. Perhaps the manager wanted to let the kid get his bearings by spending the night in a big league dugout, but there’s no doubt that once Bogaerts gets penciled into the lineup, plenty of Red Sox fans will be giddy to see him play.

To try to put Bogaerts’ call-up into perspective, Adam Jones welcomed Chris Hatfield from SoxProspects to the show. He said the excitement surround Bogaerts is certainly warranted.

“The fact of the matter is that Bogaerts is the most exciting player they’ve had in the system, period, since at least Hanley Ramirez, if not going past that to the likes of Nomar Garciaparra and so forth,” Hatfield said. “He’s a consensus top-five prospect in baseball right now, and seen by some as the top hitting prospect in the game.”

Hatfield said that Bogaerts projects to be a perennial MVP candidate, but for now, he should be able to provide the Red Sox with a capable bat against left-handers, which Stephen Drew has not been able to provide "

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